Yasuko Ito

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42 posts, Osaka,

March 2019 – Hōjibancha from Tsukigase

This month we selected a Hōjibancha (ほうじ番茶) from Tsukigase (月ヶ瀬) in the prefecture of Nara (奈良). It a light and soft smoked tea, recommended to everybody! Organic Hōjibancha The name of Hōjibancha (ほうじ番茶) is a portmanteau formed from Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) and Bancha (番茶). Its processing is done according to that of Bancha, followed by that of Hōjicha. First of all, we make Bancha. It is a kind of sencha from a late harvest. Owing to the sunshine over the summer,
- March 2019 – Hōjibancha from Tsukigase

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February 2019 – Gyokuro from Hoshino

Thank you for your patience! Finally, we are sending you Gyokuro again. This month we selected a Gyokuro (玉露) from the village of Hoshino (星野村), in the district of Yame (八女), in the prefecture of Fukuoka (福岡). Gyokuro It is said that Gyokuro is the king of Japanese green teas. Gyokuro is often translated as “jade dew” as its color reminds that of jade. For the elaboration of Gyokuro, you can see our blogpost from September 2015. I compare Gyokuro
- February 2019 – Gyokuro from Hoshino

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January 2019 – Kakegawacha from Shizuoka

明けましておめでとうございます! Akemashite Omedetō Gozaimasu! Best wishes for a happy, prosperous and healthy new year 2019! To make a good start for our first Tomotcha of the year, we selected a Kakegawacha (掛川茶), a type of Fukamushicha (深蒸し茶) from the city of Kakegawa (掛川市) in the prefecture of Shizuoka (静岡). Shizuoka is the largest producer of green tea in Japan. Kakegawacha / Fukamushicha Tea plantations of Kakegawa are located on a gentle hill and abundantly exposed to the sun. Tea leaves grown
- January 2019 – Kakegawacha from Shizuoka

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December 2018 – Wakōcha from Toyama

For the very first time, Tomotcha has selected a Wakōcha (和紅茶), that is to say a Japanese black tea. It comes from the city of Toyama (富山), in the prefecture of Toyama (富山). Wakōcha - Japanese Black Tea It's interesting to me, because it is called black tea among Westerners, but kōcha (紅茶) -literally red tea- among Chinese and Japanese. Westerners call it black from the colour of the tea leaves, while asian see the reddish colour of the water
- December 2018 – Wakōcha from Toyama

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November 2018 – Yuzu Sencha from Uji and Tokushima

This month we selected a Yuzu Sencha (柚子煎茶). This is not exactly what I would call an authentic green tea, however it's a nice green tea mixed with yuzu zest. Yuzu Sencha Yuzu (柚子) is a citrus fruit. Japan is the number one country for the production and consumption of yuzu in the world. In general, we don’t eat yuzu as-is, because it is too bitter and sour. However, it does have a very pleasant aroma. Therefore, we make
- November 2018 – Yuzu Sencha from Uji and Tokushima

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