The Fashion of Tea
More and more, tea is becoming globally a hot fashion. In the US alone, tea sales are expected to reach $10 billion by 2010. So yes, tea is becoming more popular year by year.
But what does it all mean?
Tea history is very intersting - esepcially the fashion of tea. Yes, there is fashion in tea too. There is fashion in tea, in terms of the utensils used, the style of preparing the tea, the method of drinking the tea, etc. In fact, throughout history, there are so many fashions in tea throughout the world, that it's interesting to trace the roots, and understand its impact on culture.
For example, powdered tea was the fashion of the Song Dynasty China. But it fell out of fashion there by the Yuan dynasty. But then, it was still quite popular in Japan, in the tea ceremony; and also still fashionable in Korea.
Today, there is a resurgence of some powdered tea fashion - in Korea. And also in North America. Look at this article as an example:
It will be interesting to see what other past tea fashions become fashionable again in the future. Tea is an ever-changing fashion. But it never quite goes out of fashion. It's still the second most popular bevarage on the planet, after water.
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