These days, the delights of matcha are captivating foodies worldwide. Whether sprinkled on breakfast bowls, frothy lattes or pastries, the Japanese green tea powder is seemingly everywhere. And while you can find those new and quirky matcha culinary interpretations across Japan during your travels, it’s also worth sipping the verdant tea in the old school format. After all, matcha tea ceremony has been a centerpiece of social gatherings for the Japanese upper class since the 14th century.  An art and a spiritual discipline, the proper preparation of a bowl of steaming matcha is an unforgettable experience to observe — and even take home with you. All you need is the gear, which you will see in markets across Japan. Here are the various pieces used to create the perfect bowl of matcha.

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