Thursday, April 14, 2011

A temple founded by a mellow, tea-loving monk

Below are some photos of Enryakuji Temple, located on Mt. Hiei, near Kyoto.

The temple — actually a complex of many separate temples — was established by the Japanese monk Saicho, who is said to be one of the first to bring green tea to Japan, over a thousand years ago.

In fact, Mellow Monk takes its name from Saicho, reflecting our dedication to the same spirit of proselytizing the goodness of green tea.

Saicho promoted a special beverage that was largely unknown outside of its native China. We seek to promote special green tea crafted by grower-artisans who are largely unknown outside of their local markets in Kyushu.

Saicho set out on a long, difficult journey for his tea, but today, Mellow Monk does the legwork for you.

And now, on with the show.

—Mellow Monk


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