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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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August 2020 - Sencha from Miyazaki

After a long break of three months, we started to send teas again, albeit only towards a few countries. To restart our operations, we went back to basics, with a sencha (煎茶) from Miyazaki (宮崎), on the island of Kyūshū (九州). Sencha from Miyazaki Among all Japanese green teas, sencha is what most people think about when they think of "green tea". It is by far the most popular tea in Japan, representing 80% of the national green tea production.
- August 2020 - Sencha from Miyazaki

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October 2018 - Sencha from Kagoshima

For once it's not Yasuko writing about tea! I don't have her knowledge of Japanese history and culture, but I will try to take you for a short trip to the South of Japan, from where I brought back the October 2018 selection: a Sencha (煎茶) from Kagoshima (鹿児島). Ibusuki Kyūshū (九州) is the southernmost island among the four main islands of the Japanese archipelago. Kyūshū litteraly means "nine states", and is thus composed of nine prefectures. Interestingly, the name
- October 2018 - Sencha from Kagoshima

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August 2015 - Mugicha from Hyogo

It's summer time in Japan! That means humidity and warmth: way way way too much of both. To survive in this environment Japanese people rely on a pecular drink called Mugicha... so here is our August 2015 pick: Mugicha (麦茶) from Hyogo (兵庫). What is Mugicha? Mugicha is a roasted barley tea. As a consequence it is completely caffeine-free so Japanese people do not hesitate to drink as much of it as they need to fight off the heat. In
- August 2015 - Mugicha from Hyogo

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