February 2020 – Hōjicha from Uji, in the prefecture of Kyōto

For February 2020 we selected a Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) from Uji (宇治), in the prefecture of Kyōto (京都). Hōjicha For newcomers to Japanese teas, Hōjicha may be more accessible than other green teas like Sencha (煎茶). It doesn't have a strong taste. Moreover, it's easy to prepare as you don't need to worry about the temperature: you can simply pour boiling water on the tealeaves, just like black tea. Hōjicha is made by roasting tealeaves, after steaming them. That’s why
- February 2020 – Hōjicha from Uji, in the prefecture of Kyōto

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January 2020 – Organic Sencha from Nara

Happy New Year 2020, in good health! We will introduce you delicious teas for this year, just as we did last year! First of all, we selected an organic Sencha (煎茶), harvested around the city of Nara (奈良市) in the prefecture of Nara (奈良). Yamatocha - Sencha We selected an organic tea for the start of 2020. We call the tea from this region “Yamatocha (大和茶)”, because this region used to be called Yamato (大和). The tea plantation is located
- January 2020 – Organic Sencha from Nara

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December 2019 – Tea of Fire from Western Japan

This month we selected a Sencha (新茶) of a very rare kind, called "tea of fire", harvested from several regions in the West of Japan (西日本): Kyōto (京都), Nara (奈良), Mie (三重), Shiga (滋賀) and Kagoshima (鹿児島). Tea of Fire, a kind of Sencha The name is of course exaggerated, however the tea producer named this Sencha that way with great pride. It is a limited production, prepared only in winter and spring (from October to March). The tea was
- December 2019 – Tea of Fire from Western Japan

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November 2019 – Zaracha from Shimane

This month we selected a Zaracha (ざら茶) from the region of Tsuwano (津和野), in the prefecture of Shimane (島根). Field of Kawaraketsumei in the prefecture of Shimane Zaracha As I told you about the Shimane (島根) prefecture last month, it becomes a special place for Japanese deities in October. Zaracha is an original tea from this region. It is the second time we present it to you. The plant called Kawaraketsumei (河原決明) in Japanese is an annual plant of the
- November 2019 – Zaracha from Shimane

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October 2019 – Gyokuro Karigane from Yame

This month we selected a Gyokuro Karigane (玉露雁が音) from Yame (八女), in the prefecture of Fukuoka (福岡). Gyokuro Karigane The type of this green tea has four names, depending on the region of Japan it is produced in. In general, especially in the area of Tōkyō, we call it Kukicha (茎茶), or "twig tea". In the district of Hokuriku, center north of Japan, we call it Bōcha (棒茶), or "stick tea". In Kyōto, we call it Karigane (雁が音), or "song
- October 2019 – Gyokuro Karigane from Yame

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