Matcha and Beauty

May 13, 2018

by Kanon Kanamaru, Yukiho Sawauchi

The History of Matcha

Tea was drunk in China and carried from there to Japan about 800 years ago by priests who went abroad to study culture in China. At first, it was used for medicinal purposes by noblemen. Later, the way of drinking tea stirred into hot water was introduced and took shape as the tea ceremony by Sen no Rikyu and others. Now, Japanese people drink it in the tea ceremony and daily life. But recently, matcha (powdered green tea) is very popular in the world and there are stores specializing in matcha in New York and Los Angeles.

Matcha and Beauty

Macha is drunk all over the world and it is famous as a superfood now. Superfood is a word used by doctors, and nutritionists for foods that contain a lot of active elements. For example, there are coconuts, cacaos, açaí palm and so on. Japanese food, natto and miso, are also considered superfoods. They contain a lot of effective ingredients for enhancing beauty. First, matcha has an effect on diet. There are catechin that reduces absorbtion of sugar, tannin that reduces and controls absorbtion of fat, caffeine that burns the fat and chlorophyll that lets unnecessary cholesterol out. It is most effective to drink three cups of tea every day. Next, matcha has vitamins. There are vitamin C that prevents liver spots and freckles, a vitamin that prevents dry skin and vitamin A that keeps the skin moist. Then, matcha has the effect of anti-ageing. It can prevent wrinkles, liver spots and freckles. Matcha is easy to drink and has a lot of effective ingredients for beauty. Matcha is very popular all over the world.

How to Take Matcha in the Body

Matcha can be taken into the body easily in some ways. Matcha is a little bit bitter and difficult for some people to drink every day. In the supermarkets and convenience stores, green tea containing matcha is sold as a drink. People can drink it more easily than matcha. Matcha smoothie, which is a mixture of bananas and soybean milk, is also easy to drink every day. Adding other ingredients, especially sweet ones, help to disguise the bitterness of matcha. Matcha is not only a drink, but also can also be made as dessert. Matcha sweets are the most popular way to take in matcha around the world. There are matcha chocolate, matcha cake, matcha parfait, matcha ice cream, and mactha cookies. Furthermore, there are cosmetics that are made of matcha. Matcha beauty soap and facial pack are sold around the world.

Matcha Diet

It is said that matcha is effective for reducing weight. If you want to try a matcha diet, it is recommended that you follow these rules for when, how much and how to make matcha.  In order to be effective, it is best to drink 3 grams of matcha in each cup and to drink several cups every day.  Matcha contains caffeine so it can wake you up in the morning.  By drinking it in the morning, you can start the fat-burning effects and keep them going all day long.  When you make matcha, the water should be 70 to 80 degrees, not boiling.  If the water is too hot, it will cause the matcha to lose some nutritional benefits.  Follow these rules to get the benefits of matcha in a reducing diet.

Relaxation Effect

If people drink matcha, they will become composed because it contains theanine. This suppresses exited states of the brain and reduces the possibility to get irritated. It also effects insomnia, high blood pressure, improvement of PMS and concentration. Matcha can make the body healthy and beautiful.

Matcha in Kyoto

Kyoto is the one of the famous prefectures that make matcha in Japan. There are a lot of matcha flavored sweets available here. We visited one famous matcha shop, called “Matcha House” in Kawaramachi. This is very popular for people on holiday, although customers must wait for 2 hours and more. We also waited for two hours. We ate matcha tiramisu and drank green tea. The green was beautiful and the dish was served in a small mortar. It was really delicious.

The Inoda Coffee Shops

THE INODA COFFEE SHOPS

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Inoda Coffee Shop

 

What is an Inoda Coffee Shop?

Inoda coffee is a famous coffee shop chain which has its base in Kyoto, and has been familiar to the people of Kyoto for a very long time. The first shop opened in 1947, and now in 2014, it has eleven branch shops in Japan.  Inoda coffee shops serve original blend coffee made by using a cotton filter.

▼Attractive points of Inoda Coffee Shops

  • Inoda style coffee

In Inoda coffee shops, they supply coffee that already has sugar and milk mixed in. The reason for this is that at the time the first shop was established, coffee was very rare, so people took a long time over drinking it. It is difficult to mix sugar and milk into cold coffee. That is why they supply coffee in this Inoda style.

  •  Original roast

From 2002, Inoda has had its own bean roasting factory. Almost all the coffee beans sold in the shops are processed there. Customers can also buy these coffee beans and other goods in the shop.

  •  Interior of shops

Why do local people prefer Inoda coffee shops? One of the main reasons is the luxurious interiors. The shops look like the old style coffee shops that used to be common throughout Japan.

  •  Morning set

This is a popular breakfast time set only available from opening time to 11.00 am.

  •  Staff service

Recently, many coffee chain shops offer a service, whereby the customer purchases in a ‘take out’ style. In contrast to this, Inoda coffee shops offer a service with staff wearing suits and bow ties.

  •  Original cake factory

Ketel is the original cake and dessert brand of Inoda coffee, and follows a German style pastry tradition. However, it does not only follow the German style but also adopts Japanese seasonal cakes. In September 2014, Ketel will open their first cake shop.

 

▼MENU

Special Coffees

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Special coffees

  • Pearl of Arabia (Hot coffee) ¥515

This is based on Mocha coffee, a European type blend with a deep roast flavor. Inoda coffee has used this blend since their foundation.

  • Emerald of Colombia

This Colombian style coffee is a blend of American types with a shallow roast and refreshing flavor

  • Extras ¥575

This special offering combines beans from Jamaica and other beans from around the world

  •  Premium ¥575

Based on Guatemalan coffee style from Latin America, this is a full and strong European type with a deep roast flavor.

  •  German ¥575

European type blend based on Brazilian beans. The deepest roasted blend available at Inoda coffee

  •  African blend ¥575

The full roasted flavor of African beans.

Others

Cafe latte¥575

Wiener Coffee¥665

Coffee with ice cream¥665

Tea with lemon (milk or straight) ¥545

Juices ¥ 545~665

Beer ¥545

Food

Sandwich ¥ 600~¥ 1,820

Toast \340~\660

Spaghetti ¥820

Salad ¥540 ~¥1,230

Soup ¥490

Set menu ¥800~¥1,230

Kyoto breakfast set ¥1,230

Inoda Coffee shops use boneless ham made in Japan, using a traditional German method of curing.

 Desserts and Others

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yummy desserts and cakes!

Cake ¥ 450

Ice cream¥490

Parfait ¥800 ~¥860

Mitsumame ¥595 ~¥800

(boiled beans, agar cubes, fruit and syrup)

 

▼Shop List

  • Honten (Original shop)

This is the flagship store and the location of the head office. It is housed in a traditional Kyoto style building and has two floors. On the first floor, there are five meter high windows.

Address: Douyuuchou Sanjoukudaru, Sakaimachi-dori, Chuukyo-ku Kyoto

  • Sanjo Branch

Opened in 1970, there is circular counter here and you can enjoy watching staff make the coffee.

Address: Masuya-machi 69, Sakaimachi Higasi-hairuSanjo douri, Chukyo-ku Kyoto

 

  • Shijo Branch

Opened in 1965,this is the largest branch, and has many items on its food menu. Smoking is allowed in the basement area here.

Address: Tachiurinishi chou 66, Shijo-touri Higashidoukouin Higashihairu, Aimokyo-ku, Kyoto

 

  • Coffee Salon Branch

This branch is located in Daimarui department store, downtown on Shijo street.

Address: Tachiuri cho 79, Takakura Nishihairu, Shijo-touri Shimokyo-ku, Kyoto

 

  • Polta branch

This branch is situated in an underground shopping street near Kyoto station.

Address: Higashi shioshoji-chou 858-1, Shjimokyouku,Kyoto

 

  • Kiyomizu branch

This elegant shop is located conveniently near the famous Kiyomizu temple. It is built in the style of a machiya (traditional style Kyoto house with Japanese tiles). Here you can sit in the garden and enjoy the house specialty of Kiyomizu sandwiches.

Address: Kiyomizu 3-34, Higashiku, Kyoto

 

Inoda coffee shops have been loved by the local people of Kyoto for a long time.  While talking a break during sightseeing, why not pop in for an Inoda coffee experience, just like the people of Kyoto!

 

Yojiya Cafes

Maya Inoue & Chihiro Kitagawa

Yojiya’ is well known as a brand of cosmetics from Kyoto. However, lately, Yojiya has also come to be associated with a certain kind of café chic.

Here we will introduce ‘Yojiya Cafés’

Yojiya cafes are located mainly in Kyoto.  We went to the one on Sanjo street, just five minutes walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (Kyoto City Hall) subway station.

the red sofa

the red sofas

From the outside, it looks very simple and calm, but actually, when we went there after school at around 7.00 pm, there were many customers, and almost all of them were women, lounging on trendy red sofas.

the logo

the logo

This café has the kind of atmosphere that welcomes the lone visitor, and there is a Yojiya Cosmetics store right next door.  This is the logo for Yojiya café … pretty cool!!

Also, in the café, there are many café goods. For example, mugs, tumblers, glasses, T-shirts, pens, bags, and so on ….all of them are very cute, and we wanted to buy them.

Pizza at Yojiya

We were pretty hungry, so we ordered some pizza and dessert.  It was really yummy!
Also on the menu, there is spaghetti, salad, parfait, floats, cappuccino, cakes, monaka, etc.  In the morning there is a special breakfast menu offering, for example, toast and bread with coffee.

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The staff here are very professional and kind, and the red apron  they wear as a uniform is kind of cute.  I asked a staff member what the concept of this café is, and she told us that it is that people both young and old can come here and feel at ease.

In Kyoto, there are three Yoyija cafes in very different locations:  Sanjo, Ginkaku Temple and SaganoArashiyama.  There are also two cafes in Tokyo, but these have different menus.  The great thing is, you can enjoy a lot of different things in each Yojiya cafe!  For example, in the Sanjo cafe, you can eat their special apple pie.  We didn’t eat it, but it looked very delicious.

In addition, in the Sanjo café there is a handy information desk, which gives out info about the store, the cosmetic range, as well as useful sightseeing tips for Kyoto visitors.  To be honest, the prices here are a little high for students like us,  but the food and drinks taste so good it is worth paying a little more to eat here.

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Finally, we will introduce the locations and opening times of the three Kyoto cafes.

1 YOJIYA cafe Sagano-Arashiyama
Open 10:00 ~ 1800 (last order 17:30)
No regular holiday.
The nearest station is the Randen Railway Arashiyama station.

2 YOJIYA cafe Sanjo
Open 10:00 ~ 2200 (last order 21:30)
No regular holiday.
The nearest station is Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (Kyoto City Hall) subway station.

3 YOJIYA cafe Ginkaku Temple
Open 10.00 ~ 18.00 (last order 17.30)
Closed on Tuesdays.

This is the cappuccino. The cafe staff make it specially to order! It looked so nice, I hesitated to drink it.

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This is the apple pie.  It is very sweet, and only available in the Sanjo cafe.

apple pie

This is the outside of the Yojiya Sanjo cafe.  The look is really modern and fashionable.  The cafe is also next to the Yojiya Cosmetics store, so it’s very convenient.

go to the cafe!

In Kyoto, there are a lot of cafes and shops to choose from, so it is hard to pick the best. So a lot of people get confused about where is good and how best to enjoy their time.  We recommend this café, as we think it can be enjoyed by everyone;  children, couples, families, elderly people and also foreigners!
Why not give it a try!