February 2021 – Karigane Hōjicha from Mie

This month we selected a Karigane Hōjicha (雁ヶ音ほうじ茶) from the prefecture of Mie (三重). Karigane Hōjicha Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) literally means roasted tea. Indeed Hōjichas are first prepared as traditional green teas, usually Senchas, and are then roasted. As implied by its name, Karigane Hōjicha is simply a Hōjicha produced by roasting a Karigane (雁ヶ音), that is to say a tea made out of stems, stalks, and twigs, leaving out the tealeaves. Roasting the green tea removes its bitterness, and gives
- February 2021 – Karigane Hōjicha from Mie

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Temporary suspension of shipments towards the European Union

Heavy restrictions on international travel recently put in place in the European Union have caused a drop in the number of international flights to/from the E.U. As a result, delays in deliveries of international mail coming from Japan are now above one month. So we have decided to temporarily suspend shipments towards the E.U. Subscriptions will obviously not be charged, and Gifts (prepaid) will be extended accordingly, and will resume as soon as possible. We hope the
- Temporary suspension of shipments towards the European Union

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January 2021 – Murakamicha from Niigata

Happy new year 2021! We will present you Japanese teas for 2021 just like for 2020. To begin with, we selected a Murakamicha (村上茶) from the city of Murakami (村上), in the prefecture of Niigata (新潟). Murakamicha This is the second time that we present you Murakamicha (村上茶). This green tea, classified as a Sencha (煎茶), is the northernmost green tea produced in Japan. That is to say it is the Japanese green tea produced in the coldest climate. Murakami
- January 2021 – Murakamicha from Niigata

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December 2020 – Karigane from Kyoto

This month we selected a Karigane (雁ヶ音) from the region of Uji (宇治), and neighbor regions, in the prefecture of Kyōto (京都). Karigane Teas made of stems, stalks, and twigs are traditionally called Kukicha (茎茶) in Japanese, which literally means "twig tea". In the region of Kyoto they are traditionally called Karigane (雁ヶ音). However recently the name Karigane is beeing used in more and more regions, because the sound of Karigane is pleasing to the ear, and the word Karigane
- December 2020 – Karigane from Kyoto

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November 2020 – Riguri Yamacha from Kōchi

This month we selected a Riguri-Yamacha (りぐり山茶) from the prefecture of Kōchi (高知), on the island of Shikoku (四国). Riguri-Yamacha In this region of the island of Shikoku (四国), the word “riguru (りぐる)” means “elaborate”. Then, we use an indigenous tea cultivar that grows spontaneously here and there in the mountains. Hence the name of this tea: elaborated “riguri (りぐり)” from the mountains “yama (山)”, that is to say “Riguri-Yamacha (りぐり山茶)”. The precise region of production is called Inomachi Ogawa
- November 2020 – Riguri Yamacha from Kōchi

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