Kyushu

A 9-post collection,

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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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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