Matcha’s growing popularity in Europe and America has spread to China over the past year. Matcha and Matcha sweets have been captivating Chinese tourists and flowing over into their SNS posts. This year in Beijing alone more than ten new Matcha related retailers have opened. “Many shops use inexpensive green tea powder, but we want to differentiate ourselves by using real Matcha. I don’t think the boom is temporary; I think Matcha will continue to attract attention,” said the manager of Keifuku Wabou, an Uji Matcha specialty shop that opened this summer. The store serves the Sanlitun area where affluent young people gather. Matcha pasta and other new creative cuisines line these Matcha stores, offering a new take on an old Japanese tradition.
Words: Junko Haraguchi
- Keifuku Wabo
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