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Posted 4/24/15

henohenomoheiji wrote:


Although barley tea is extremely common in Asia and you can drink it as much as water is not free as giving ya tap water. So many places don't give free tea as much as we wanted to. But it is cheap enough that maybe many customers don't bother to receive it and be charged with like 78 Yens (0.65 USD).

On chinese restaurants is common to receive jasmine tea instead of barley tea. But then again, it depends on the management decision to promote such place. (´・ω・)


Oh I see~ N I know Japanese drink one cup of green tea a day n it's 'spose to make you live to be 100 ! Or stay really healthy n stuff~ But I drank it a lot n variations n it got boring ! I guess I shouldn't think about it like that though, hah? x3
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Posted 4/24/15
Mugicha and Oolongcha are sometimes "free" when you order a "Teishoku" on restaurants.

Some other times it`s refill and you pay only a small ammount.
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Oh I see~ N I know Japanese drink one cup of green tea a day n it's 'spose to make you live to be 100 ! Or stay really healthy n stuff~ But I drank it a lot n variations n it got boring ! I guess I shouldn't think about it like that though, hah? x3


Well at the moment Japan is number one on longevity, Their eating and drinking habits must be a hit for us. :3
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I have tried it but... it isn't my cup of tea.

For me it kind of tastes like black tea brewed in a coffee maker that hasn't been cleaned properly.... The tea slightly infused with coffee makes for an interesting flavor and barley tea tastes too much like that for me...

I can understand why people like it though.
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henohenomoheiji wrote:

Hey folks,

As you may noticed, maybe there is not an anime (aside the ones whose stories aren't developed in Japan) who hasn't showed us the really famous mugicha

This beverage it's often mistaken with apple soda or, in some cases, with cola. Mugicha, aside green tea and coffee, is the second most famous japanese (and asian) beverage.



One of the reasons of why is famous is that everyone, even small children, can drink it. It has zero calories, no sugar, it has some antioxidants, no caffeine and is a great digestive. It is almost the perfect drink.

Normally you drink it ice cold. Because of that, japanese drink it more often on summer, but is a year round beverage. It comes in big teabags, you get half gallon of water on a jar, put the teabag and leave it on the fridge for 3 hours (I do it before going to bed and leave it all night).



Is one of the biggest "secrets" of japanese ppl to stay thin, 'cus by far they don't drink so much soda or sweetened beverages as westerns. Because of that, many westerns don't get used to green tea or barley tea, we're too accustomed to beverages with great loads of sugar, is really worth to try, and is healthy!

Have you ever tried it ?(´・ω・)?


i only drink water but i got to try this mugicha
Posted 4/25/15
I used to take it to school all the time when I was a kid. Got made fun of for it looking like piss. Wheat tea was what I called it And people thought I said wee tea. Ahhhhhhh memories
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haikinka wrote:

I used to take it to school all the time when I was a kid. Got made fun of for it looking like piss. Wheat tea was what I called it And people thought I said wee tea. Ahhhhhhh memories

My grandma packed bento boxes for me in elementary school, along with a thermos of tea. Nobody made fun of my food and drink because it was way better than school food lol

The taste of overcooked cafeteria spaghetti-mash still haunts me.
Posted 4/25/15

Morbidhanson wrote:

My grandma packed bento boxes for me in elementary school, along with a thermos of tea. Nobody made fun of my food and drink because it was way better than school food lol

The taste of overcooked cafeteria spaghetti-mash still haunts me.


British kids have very little tolerance for anything that isn't either spaghetti hoops or bangers and mash : P
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haikinka wrote:

I used to take it to school all the time when I was a kid. Got made fun of for it looking like piss. Wheat tea was what I called it And people thought I said wee tea. Ahhhhhhh memories

My grandma packed bento boxes for me in elementary school, along with a thermos of tea. Nobody made fun of my food and drink because it was way better than school food lol

The taste of overcooked cafeteria spaghetti-mash still haunts me.


Please tell me they don't still put the kidney beans in that Spaghetti concoction.
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I remember searching health food shops for it in the 80's, but thankfully it's a lot easier to get hold of these days. Mind you, so is anime.


Ah, if it's easy to find where should I be looking? Would a large supermarket sell some or is this a Holland & Barrett job? Wouldn't mind giving it a try, would make a change from tap water and hot drinks, especially as summer is around the corner.
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Ah, if it's easy to find where should I be looking? Would a large supermarket sell some or is this a Holland & Barrett job? Wouldn't mind giving it a try, would make a change from tap water and hot drinks, especially as summer is around the corner.


Your safest bet are the asian stores, those where you can buy ingredients to make sushi, tofu or whatnot. Just ask, because sometimes the products remain in foreign languages.
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Posted 4/25/15

flyinggibbon wrote:

Ah, if it's easy to find where should I be looking? Would a large supermarket sell some or is this a Holland & Barrett job? Wouldn't mind giving it a try, would make a change from tap water and hot drinks, especially as summer is around the corner.



Depending on where you are, there may be Asian stores. We've got two or three in Sheffield, and they all stock it, although you may have to look for damai cha (Mandarin) or boricha (Korean) depending on the store. Korean stuff may be roasted, by the way. I've tried and like them both, but I prefer the Japanese brands when I can get them.

Amazon also ship it, and my latest bag came from the Japan Centre, as I was doing an online shop anyway. :)

I haven't been in a Holland & Barrett for years now, sorry, but if you've got wholefood cooperatives/local health food shops, they may also stock it, I know a couple of ours do.

I've only seen it in supermarkets a couple of times, I think it depends on the local population as to whether they stock it.
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Posted 4/25/15
No I haven't, because this is the first time I've heard of it. Of course now I'm gonna have to try it. Time for a Ranch 99 run.
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Posted 4/25/15

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jakari wrote:

Oh I see~ N I know Japanese drink one cup of green tea a day n it's 'spose to make you live to be 100 ! Or stay really healthy n stuff~ But I drank it a lot n variations n it got boring ! I guess I shouldn't think about it like that though, hah? x3


Well at the moment Japan is number one on longevity, Their eating and drinking habits must be a hit for us. :3


What is the average life span in Japan compared to here =O?
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Posted 4/25/15

jakari wrote:

What is the average life span in Japan compared to here =O?


Overall average:

Japan: 86.2 (1st place)

UK: 80.7 (place 29)

US: 79.8 (place 36)

(´・ω・)ノ
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