In 951, a serious epidemic swept through Tokyo. In an effort to relieve the suffering, the Buddhist priest Kuya went from house to house distributing tea to those in need. Inspired by these virtues, the emperor ushered in the New Year with a tea ceremony. Since then, it has become a Japanese tradition to drink obukucha (literally Good Fortune Tea) during the New Year’s season for good luck.

Each maker’s obukucha differs depending on the tea shop. For 2021, Ippodo’s limited-edition obukucha is a high-grade genmaicha (green tea with toasted grains of rice) packaged in a festive red and white tin.

Specifications:

  • Tin measures 5” high x 3” diameter
  • 120 grams per tin
  • 10 grams per serving (one pot)
  • Shelf life is 180 days

Ippodo Tea is a family-run Japanese tea company founded in 1717 in the heart of Kyoto. For generations, they have upheld a tradition of aromatic, well-balanced teas by carefully selecting, blending, and crafting each of their 40+ blends.