Kyushu

A 8-post collection,

April 2019 – Tamaryokucha from Shimabara

This month we selected a Tamaryokucha (玉緑茶) from Shimabara (島原), in the prefecture of Nagasaki (長崎県). Tamaryokucha is also called Guricha (ぐり茶) curly tea, owing to the shape of its leaves. Steep up to three times, and enjoy its soft taste, with tones of citrus, grass and berries! Tamaryokucha This is the second time we introduce a Tamaryokucha. Tamaryokucha is mostly produced in Kyūshū (九州), especially in the prefecture of Nagasaki. Moreover, this tea represents only 2.2% of the
- April 2019 – Tamaryokucha from Shimabara

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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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March 2018 – Tamaryokucha from Saga

We selected a Tamaryokucha (玉緑茶) of Ureshino (嬉野) in the prefecture of Saga (佐賀). Tamaryokucha (Ureshinocha) Tamaryokucha (玉緑茶) or Ureshinocha (嬉野茶) is produced in the northern region Kyūshū called Ureshino (嬉野). There are two types of Tamaryokucha: roasted and steamed. The method of roasting tealeaves in the pan was brought in this region by a Chinese porcelain artisan 500 years ago. As time went by, we learned to mix this method and that of
- March 2018 – Tamaryokucha from Saga

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June 2016 – Shincha from Kumamoto

This month we selected a Shincha (新茶) from the prefecture of Kumamoto (熊本茶). Shincha Shincha (新茶) 2016 has been released in Japan! The 88th day from the spring equinox is the day of the first harvest of tea in Japan. The harvest lasts from the beginning of May until June. The tea produced from the first burgeons has a fresh taste and a pleasant scent. This reminds us of a fresh green. Shincha means “new tea” in Japanese. The flavor
- June 2016 – Shincha from Kumamoto

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April 2016 – Sakuracha from Fukuoka, Kyūshū

Spring is here! This month we selected a Sakuracha (桜茶), from the prefecture of Fukuoka (福岡) in Kyūshū (九州). Sakuracha Sakuracha (桜茶) literally means a cherry blossom (桜) tea (茶). It’s not a green tea, but an infustion made of salted cherry blossoms. Sakuracha became popular among people of Edo (the former name of Tōkyō) in the Edo period (1603-1868). At that time, we called it “cherry blossom hot water (桜湯)”. There are some Japanese expressions, which do not
- April 2016 – Sakuracha from Fukuoka, Kyūshū

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