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Not your grandmother's cup of tea

Elegance and flavor breathe new life into a traditional Japanese drink

At Tokyo Saryo, green tea is brewed with a special dripper.

TOKYO -- What do the words "Japanese green tea" call to mind? The tea ceremony, with its elaborate rules for serving and sipping, perhaps? Or the bottled drinks one sees in convenience stores?

Once upon a time, green tea was enjoyed mostly at home, brewed in a pot, or steeped in tea bags, like English tea. These days, fewer people, especially the young, drink green tea at home, often opting for coffee or other beverages. This has prodded some tea shops into coming up with more stylish ways to enjoy traditional tea.

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