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April 2021 – Hōjicha prepared in Kyoto

We selected a Hōjicha (焙じ茶) this month, carefully elaborated and prepared by a tea shop in Kyoto (京都) called Ryuō-en Chaho (柳桜園茶舗). Hōjicha We cannot specify that this Hōjicha (焙じ茶) is made in one specific area, or one specific region of Japan. However, it is not made negligently, quite the opposite. It is prepared by Ryuō-en Chaho (柳桜園茶舗) in the center of Kyoto town, at once a tea shop and a tea retailer. They select the tea, and process it
- April 2021 – Hōjicha prepared in Kyoto

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March 2021 – Kabusecha from Fukuoka

This month, we selected a Kabusecha (かぶせ茶), from the region of Yame (八女) in the prefecture of Fukuoka (福岡). Kabusecha from Yame Kabusecha is classified between Gyokuro (玉露) and Sencha (煎茶), and is somewhat more affordable than Gyokuro. It is prepared by covering the tea leaves to protect them from direct sunlight during the last 5 to 7 days before harvest. For Gyokuro, the tea leaves are covered for around 20 days before harvest. Protecting the tea leaves from the
- March 2021 – Kabusecha from Fukuoka

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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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