June 2018 – Kariganecha from Kyōto

This month we selected a Kariganecha (雁ヶ音茶) from the region of Uji (宇治), in the prefecture of Kyōto (京都). Kariganecha Kariganecha (雁ヶ音茶) is the name used in Kyōto to designate teas made of stalks. Outside of Kyōto stalk teas are called Kukicha (茎茶), which literally means "stalk tea". However, now the appellation Kariganecha is used more and more outside of Kyōto, as it is a much more poetic word. You can (re)read our blogpost of March 2016 to (re)
- June 2018 – Kariganecha from Kyōto

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May 2018 – Shimanto Hōjicha from Kōchi

This month we selected a Shimanto Hōjicha (四万十ほうじ茶) in the village of Shimanto (四万十) from the prefecture of Kōchi (高知), on the island of Shikoku (四国). Shimanto Hōjicha This is a Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) produced on the bank of Shimanto River (四万十). The production area is wrapped in fog in the morning and there is a remarkably sharp drop in temperature between day and night. This makes this place perfectly suitable for the production of Japanese tea. Most of the tea
- May 2018 – Shimanto Hōjicha from Kōchi

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April 2018 – Sakura Ryokucha from Shizuoka

We selected a Sakura Ryokucha (桜緑茶) from Kawane (川根), in the prefecture of Shizuoka (静岡). Sakura Ryokucha Sakura Ryokucha (桜緑茶) is a green tea with a flavor of Sakura (桜), that is to say of cherry blossom beloved by all Japanese people. It does not contain any artificial ingredient, or even Sakura: the scent comes from the tea variety itself, called "Shizu 7132 (静7132)". It looks like a robot name, however, it is
- April 2018 – Sakura Ryokucha from Shizuoka

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March 2018 – Tamaryokucha from Saga

We selected a Tamaryokucha (玉緑茶) of Ureshino (嬉野) in the prefecture of Saga (佐賀). Tamaryokucha (Ureshinocha) Tamaryokucha (玉緑茶) or Ureshinocha (嬉野茶) is produced in the northern region Kyūshū called Ureshino (嬉野). There are two types of Tamaryokucha: roasted and steamed. The method of roasting tealeaves in the pan was brought in this region by a Chinese porcelain artisan 500 years ago. As time went by, we learned to mix this method and that of
- March 2018 – Tamaryokucha from Saga

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February 2018 – Kabusecha from Suizawa, in the prefecture of Mie

This month we picked a Kabusecha (かぶせ茶). This is the first green tea that we chose when starting Tomotcha just 3 years ago. We are going back to the origin to send you an excellent Japanese tea. Kabusecha The origin of Kabusecha (かぶせ茶) is here, in the district of Suizawa (水沢) in the prefecture of Mie (三重), between Suzuka (鈴鹿) range and Ise (伊勢) bay. This favorable environment and a fertile soil make excellent teas. The prefecture of Mie is
- February 2018 – Kabusecha from Suizawa, in the prefecture of Mie

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