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"time for tea"
A more enjoyable time for tea after a span of 400 years.
Ultimate hospitality combining Japanese and European traditional cultures.
"The first tea to be known by the British was Japanese tea."
Sent to Japan by the British East India Company in 1613, Richard Cocks had an audience with the retired shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu through the mediation of fellow Englishman William Adams, a diplomatic advisor to Ieyasu. Trade permission was granted and Japanese tea was exported to England for the first time.
The current Suruga traditional craft artisans are said to be descendants of the craftsmen who were summoned from all over Japan to build Sunpu Castle, Sengen Shrine and Kuno Toshogu for Tokugawa Ieyasu, who spent his last years in Suruga-no-kuni (now Shizuoka).