How much caffeine is in green tea & matcha?

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Not all green tea is the same- it comes in many varieties, including matcha, sencha, and gyokuro. The precise amount of caffeine in green tea will depend on the type of tea and how it’s brewed.

The most common type of green tea (sencha) has a moderate amount of caffeine.

Green tea has less caffeine than coffee

Many recent studies have focused on caffeine from 8 ounces (237 ml.) cups of green tea and coffee.

The amount of caffeine in coffee varies depends on the type of beans, how they are roasted, and the method of brewing.

An 8-ounce cup of brewed loose-leaf green tea contains between 25 and 40 mg of caffeine.

An eight-ounce cup of coffee has considerably more- somewhere between 70 and 140 mg of caffeine depending on potency. Espresso coffee is more potent and contains more.

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Matcha contains more caffeine than brewed green tea

When you drink matcha you consume the leaves. Matcha is also more concentrated so it contains more caffeine (by volume) than other green teas.

The servings are usually smaller, though. A bowl of Ceremonial-grade matcha is prepared with about 4-6 ounces of water and it contains more caffeine than a cup of brewed tea.

How much more? A bowl of matcha contains about 60-80 mg. of caffeine. Like coffee, the precise amount depends on potency.

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Japanese green tea and matcha contain L-theanine

L-theanine is a healthy amino acid that works in synergy with caffeine.

For more information on L-theanine please click here.

L-theanine and caffeine give you a boost while also producing a state of relaxed awareness.

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Wafū Mushroom Pasta (Japanese-style Mushroom Pasta)

Hero shot of Wafū Mushroom Pasta.

Wafū Mushroom Pasta is not made with a cream or a tomato sauce. Its flavour comes from plenty of Asian mushrooms with a bit of bacon, soy sauce and mirin. Chopped green onions and thin strips of nori (roasted seaweed) scattered on the pasta make this pasta even more authentic.

This is a mouth-watering Japanese-style (wafū) pasta dish. Like me when I first made it, you may not be able to stop eating it. I cooked for two servings as per the recipe card and I was meant to have only a small amount of Wafū Mushroom Pasta to taste it. But I couldn’t stop eating it.

Wafū Pasta Flavouring

Since Italian pasta was introduced to Japan during the Edo period, numerous pasta dishes were introduced. At the time, most pasta dishes were Western-style pasta dishes. The only pasta dish invented by Japanese people when the pasta became one of the mainstream Western-style dishes post WWII, was Spaghetti Napolitan (Japanese Ketchup Pasta) like this.

In the early 1960s, a pasta restaurant in Tokyo introduced various pasta dishes with Japanese flavouring using soy sauce, mirin and other typical Japanese seasonings. Some of them also had traditional or unique Japanese food items such as tarako (たらこ, salt cod/pollock roe) and natto (納豆, fermented soybeans) with takuan (沢庵, pickled daikon).

To call pasta ‘wafū‘, the flavouring has to be made of Japanese seasonings. Many of them do use soy sauce and today’s recipe, Wafū Mushroom Pasta, is no exception. In addition to the soy sauce and mirin that I used today, dashi stock powder, cooking sake and sesame oil are the ingredients often used to make a wafū flavour.

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Weekend Trip to Japan’s Samurai Town Aizu-Wakamatsu

Cultivating traditional culture, offering unique food, and home to beautiful scenery, Fukushima Prefecture is known for producing some of Japan’s best fruit and sake. It’s the third largest prefecture of Japan and has a deep history connected to samurai culture. Despite the scare of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, tourism in Fukushima has bounced back tremendously and Fukushima has become a popular destination to catch the views of seasonal foliage in autumn as well as enchanting sakura blossom in spring, enjoy onsens, and hike through the mountains. One such destination is Aizu-Wakamatsu (会津若松), a well-preserved traditional castle town which calls itself Samurai City. It was once known as the land of […] …continue reading


Best Mixed-gender Onsen near Tokyo

With its location on the Ring of Fire, Japan is tectonically very active. This means that there are regular earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but there is also a positive side-effect of this particular geography. We are talking about natural onsen, or hot springs, that can be found all over the country. There are many health benefits to bathing in these natural springs such as lowering blood pressure and making your skin smooth, but the main reason people love onsen so much is the relaxation it brings. If you travel with someone of another gender, you may want to bathe together even though most onsen only offer gender-separated bathing. So what […] …continue reading


Hōtō Noodle Soup (Hōtō Nabe)

Hero shot of Hōtō Noodle Soup in a single serve clay pot.

Hōtō Noodle Soup (Hōtō Nabe) is a noodle soup dish with flat noodles, pumpkin, and other vegetables. They are cooked in a miso-flavoured broth. It is a perfect dish on a cold day (it’s winter here in Australia), but I don’t mind eating it in summer too. It’s almost a big bowl of miso soup full of ingredients.

Hōtō Noodle Soup (Hōtō Nabe) is known as Yamanashi prefecture’s most famous local cuisine. It is so famous that, if Japanese people think of Yamanashi prefecture they will think of Hōtō. In Yamanashi, particularly the northern side of Mt. Fuji, you will find many noodle restaurants that specialise in Hōtō.

There are variations to the ingredients, but a particular kind of flat noodle is the ‘must have’ ingredient for this dish, otherwise it won’t be called Hōtō.

About Hōtō

Hōtō is the traditional name of this dish but many people in Japan call it Hōtō Nabe (ほうとう鍋, Hōtō Hot Pot), even though the dish can also be classified as a noodle soup.

This is understandable because the dish contains noodles in a broth (which makes it a noodle soup), and many different ingredients are cooked in a pot (which makes it a hot pot). In addition to this, the dish is often served in an iron pot with handles or a clay pot.

Zoomed-in photo of scooping some noodles and pumpkin piece in a small spoon.

The noodles look almost identical to flat udon noodles, and they are also made with flour. But Hōtō noodles do not contain salt and more importantly, how you cook the noodles is very different.

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Best Things to Do in Okinawa Main Island

Japan has islands in several climate zones. Northernmost Hokkaido has very cold and snowy winters, main island Honshu has a temperate climate, and southernmost island group Okinawa has a mild subtropical climate. It is no wonder that many Japanese as well as international tourists love going to Okinawa for a nice vacation. Going to the beach is a very popular pastime in Okinawa, and there are certainly many places to enjoy the white sandy beaches of Okinawa, or island hopping is another popular activity, but there are other things to do as well. What are the best things to do in Okinawa Main Island? 1. Churaumi Aquarium One of the […] …continue reading


Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony Original Plan Leaks in Full

Over the past few weeks, Shukan Bunshun has teased bits and pieces of the original plan for the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Now, on the day of the Closing Ceremony, the publication has leaked the full plan!

What would have happened if MIKIKO‘s full plan was realized, and she wasn’t fired in favor of Dentsu’s Sasaki Hiroshi, who himself later resigned after joking about Naomi Watanabe‘s weight?

MIKIKO’s plan started in June 2019. In charge of both of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympics, she had to create about seven hours of content from scratch. She worked so hard on the plan that she should that she would retire upon its completion.

The team of elite creators around MIKIKO worked just as hard, as one to achieve a singular goal. But how would they direct the stage? How would they tell the story they wanted to tell? What would the costumes be? The team figured all of this out. Everything was set to go for the big day, a day that would never come.

All of the hard work of MIKIKO and her team was thrown away upon the appointment of Sasaki. Even though her plan couldn’t be executed in reality, we do have the document showing what would have been.

A countdown starts. A red motorcycle, the one made famous by Otomo Katsuhiro’s manga “AKIRA”, races across the floor of the Olympic stadium. The countdown ends. The dome in the center of the stadium opens, and a stage appears. On the stage is Perfume. They perform “Welcome to Tokyo”, a song by their producer Yasutaka Nakata.

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The Amami Islands of Kagoshima

As an island country, Japan is full of beach paradise islands that feel like they came straight out of a guide book. While Okinawa is usually the ultimate destination for beach goers in Japan, the Amami Islands (奄美大島) offer seclusion and relaxation while also still bringing the same warm weather Okinawa has. As part of the greater Ryukyu Islands, you’ll find that many of the locals don’t speak standard Japanese. Originally its own island nation, the Amami Islands were later occupied during the Meiji Restoration and incorporated into Kagoshima Prefecture. Today the islands are known for their subtropical climate, beautiful coral reefs, water sports, and amazing food which can be […] …continue reading


Ryuji Imaichi Falls in Love with a Robot in “FUTURE LOVERS” MV

今市隆二「CHAOS CITY」ジャケット

On July 21, Ryuji Imaichi of Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS will release his third solo album, “CHAOS CITY.” This release comes about a year and half after his previous album, “ZONE OF GOLD.”

“CHAOS CITY” is a conceptual album that tells the stories of the fictional city that the album is named after. The lead song from the album is the 80s-influenced “FUTURE LOVERS.” Ryuji was inspired to write the song by the Hajime Sorayama statue “Sexy Robot.” The song is based on the theme of forbidden love between man and robot.

In the music video for “FUTURE LOVERS”, Ryuji falls in love with an android in the futuristic CHAOS CITY. “Sexy Robot” is one of the prominent features of the city and of Ryuji’s album cover, which can be seen below!


  3. Talkin’ bout love
  4. Highway to the moon
  5. オヤスミのくちづけ (Oyasumi no Kuchizuke)
  6. I’m just a man
  7. THROWBACK pt.2
  8. ALT FUTURE LOVERS feat. ☆Taku Takahashi
  9. Highway to the moon (Night Tempo Melting Groove Mix)

Blu-ray / DVD

  2. FUTURE LOVERS (Music Video)
  3. Highway to the moon (Music Video)
  4. Highway to the moon~FUTURE LOVERS (Behind The Scenes)

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