December 2019 – Tea of Fire from Western Japan

This month we selected a Sencha (新茶) of a very rare kind, called "tea of fire", harvested from several regions in the West of Japan (西日本): Kyōto (京都), Nara (奈良), Mie (三重), Shiga (滋賀) and Kagoshima (鹿児島). Tea of Fire, a kind of Sencha The name is of course exaggerated, however the tea producer named this Sencha that way with great pride. It is a limited production, prepared only in winter and spring (from October to March). The tea was
- December 2019 – Tea of Fire from Western Japan

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November 2019 – Zaracha from Shimane

This month we selected a Zaracha (ざら茶) from the region of Tsuwano (津和野), in the prefecture of Shimane (島根). Field of Kawaraketsumei in the prefecture of Shimane Zaracha As I told you about the Shimane (島根) prefecture last month, it becomes a special place for Japanese deities in October. Zaracha is an original tea from this region. It is the second time we present it to you. The plant called Kawaraketsumei (河原決明) in Japanese is an annual plant of the
- November 2019 – Zaracha from Shimane

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October 2019 – Gyokuro Karigane from Yame

This month we selected a Gyokuro Karigane (玉露雁が音) from Yame (八女), in the prefecture of Fukuoka (福岡). Gyokuro Karigane The type of this green tea has four names, depending on the region of Japan it is produced in. In general, especially in the area of Tōkyō, we call it Kukicha (茎茶), or "twig tea". In the district of Hokuriku, center north of Japan, we call it Bōcha (棒茶), or "stick tea". In Kyōto, we call it Karigane (雁が音), or "song
- October 2019 – Gyokuro Karigane from Yame

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September 2019 – Organic Yuzu Sencha from Nara and Kōchi

We prepared a Yuzu Sencha (柚子煎茶) this month, a Sencha (煎茶) mixed with zests of yuzu. Organic Yuzu Sencha A Sencha cultivated at the altitude of 500 meters in the highland of Nara (奈良) met yuzu (柚子) grown in the nature of Kōchi (高知). The tea is healthy and good in a completely organic mood. We carefully select good tea leaves from the first harvest of the year (from the end of April to the middle of May). Usually the
- September 2019 – Organic Yuzu Sencha from Nara and Kōchi

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August 2019 – Hōjicha from Kagoshima/Osaka

This month we selected a Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) harvested in the prefecture of Kagoshima (鹿児島), and roasted in Sakai (堺) in the prefecture of Osaka (大阪). Hōjicha A Hōjicha, or roasted green tea, produced from a green tea from Kagoshima, and Osaka’s roasting technology. We barely produce green tea in Osaka. But Osaka, or more precisely the city of Sakai, is the hometown of our great master of Japanese green tea, Sen no Rikyū (千利休). He perfected the tea ceremony
- August 2019 – Hōjicha from Kagoshima/Osaka

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