Is there a Japanese god or goddess of tea?

I’ve read that Inari is a god of various things, such as rice, sake, and tea... But is there a deity that is god of tea in particular?

  • god of swordsmiths and cultivation as well Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 19:19

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My understanding of the Japanese tea ceremony is that it arose out of the Zen tradition, which has no gods.

However, I did find mention of a Japanese kami associated with tea, Inari Ōkami.

There is also god of tea, Lu Yu, author of The Classic of Tea, in Chinese folklore, .

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