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1. Powdered green tea, used in Japanese tea ceremonies and as a flavoring for sweets and sweet drinks.
2. Tea prepared by mixing such powder with hot water.

[Japanese (now written with the kanji for matsu, to rub, grind + cha, tea) : matsu, end, tip, fine powder, dust (from Early Middle Chinese mat; also the source of Mandarin , end, tip, nonessentials) + cha, tea; see chanoyu.]
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She and her friends were teaching the non-Japanese how to make Orizuru and serving Maccha, a traditional Japanese green tea over to the customers at a Japanese restaurant in the capital during the past few days.
Japan ICAF staff presented the attendees with maccha cookies and Japanese chocolates, postcards and magnets.