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Ritsumeikan University Briefing

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Japanese institution Ritsumeikan University held a briefing for Vietnamese students and parents at the Eastern & Oriental on 10th October. Supported by Noritomo Hato, Director of the Vietnam Office, Hong Anh Cong spoke about course offerings, admissions procedures, visas, scholarships, accommodation options and the cost of living for Vietnamese students studying in Japan.  Visit http://en.ritsumei.ac.jp/ for more details.

The story behind…. Matcha

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What makes matcha tea different from other Japanese green teas is that it is grown entirely in the shade, which gives the leaves a higher chlorophyll content than normal teas. After harvesting, the leaves are dried and then ground into a fine powder. Matcha powder is mixed with boiling water with a whisk to achieve a light, fluffy tea with a cloudy appearance and a sweet taste. The health benefits of matcha are amplified because when you drink this tea, you’re ingesting the whole tea leaf. It is rich in anti-oxidants and fibre, and contains a relaxant called L-theanine, making it a favorite with Buddhist monks, many of whom drink matcha to enhance meditation.