Kagoshima

A 6-post collection,

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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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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July 2018 – Shincha from Kagoshima

The season of Shincha (新茶) has come! For 2018, we selected that of Chiran (知覧) in the prefecture of Kagoshima (鹿児島). Shincha We selected a shincha from the prefecture of Kagoshima this year, the second region in terms of green tea production in Japan, located on the island of Kyūshū, at the southwest end of Japanese islands (though not as far as Okinawa). Here, precisely in the town of Chiran, climate is temperate and soils are fertile. As a result,
- July 2018 – Shincha from Kagoshima

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July 2015 - Sencha from Kagoshima

For the July shipment, we have selected a Sencha (煎茶) from Kagoshima (鹿児島). This tea qualifies as a Shincha (新茶) since it is made from the first harvest of the year. Sencha Sencha (煎茶) is the most popular green tea in Japan, and is served with most Japanese meals. 80% of Japanese green teas are Sencha. The word itself comes from the Japanese verb "senjiru" (煎じる) which means "to infuse (with something)". Very thin needle-like tealeaves of Sencha have a
- July 2015 - Sencha from Kagoshima

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March 2015 - Chirancha from Kyushu

Last week I went with my family on a short trip to visit the region of Kagoshima (鹿児島), at the south western tip of the island of Kyushu (九州). The area is fantastic, with many hot springs, and jaw-dropping landscapes. The food is of course delicious: local specialties include black pork and... raw chicken! And of course there is Sakurajima (桜島): the volcano facing the city, shaking it a little every time it explodes (several times a day, no less)
- March 2015 - Chirancha from Kyushu

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