Friday, December 30, 2005

Green tea stats from the Japanese gov't

According to a Dec. 19 press release from the Statistics Bureau of Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications:

Per-capita green tea purchases in Japan from January through October of this year totaled 927 grams (equivalent to a little over nine packets of Mellow Monk green tea). This was the second-highest figure in the past 5 years.

However, the total price of that tea was ¥4,551, the second-lowest figure in the past 5 years, suggesting a downward trend in prices.

As to the reason for this trend, the Bureau quoted a tea wholesaler who said people are buying more hojicha (roasted green tea) and—shudder!—bagged tea, which are less expensive than other types of tea.

Strangely, these Bureau statistics do not include genmaicha (green tea with roasted brown rice), probably because, for bureaucratic (no pun intended) reasons, it's not considered "pure" tea (i.e., it also has rice in it).

—Mellow Monk

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