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— by Jess, grape Japan: For green tea enthusiasts, a beautiful matcha parfait is a sight to behold, and Japanese eateries are battling it out to create the most elaborate, many-layered, tallest and aesthetically impressive green tea desserts possible.

But one arena in which historic teahouse Itohkyuemon excels is seasonal parfaits. The Kyoto tea purveyors have been around since 1833 and their main premises are located in Uji, an area known as a matcha paradise where the best quality tea is grown..

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