Yasuko Ito

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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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October 2020 – Yuzu-Ryokucha

Finally the colors of the autumn are spreading throughout Japan. We selected a Yuzu-Ryokucha (ゆず緑茶), a green tea in Shizuoka (静岡) mixed yuzu chips in Tokushima (徳島) this month. Yuzu-Ryokucha Yuzu-Ryokucha (ゆず緑茶) is a green tea flavored with chips of dried yuzu. We use green tea from the region called Kakegawa (掛川) of Shizuoka and steam them by means of "Fukamushi (深蒸し)", that is to say by steaming tea leaves for twice as long as a classic Sencha (煎茶). This
- October 2020 – Yuzu-Ryokucha

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September 2020 – Horaicha from Kyōto

This month we selected the original Genmaicha (玄米茶), called Horaicha (蓬莱茶), from Kyōto (京都). Horaicha Horaicha (蓬莱茶) is the original Genmaicha (玄米茶), that is to say a Sencha (煎茶) sprinkled with roasted brown rice with a touch of popped rice. We use green tea harvested around Kyōto (京都) in the like of Uji (宇治) and Wazuka (和束), and mix in Japanese rice. In order to keep the Horaicha consistent and of very high quality, the proportions of the various teas
- September 2020 – Horaicha from Kyōto

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