A lot has happened since I last blogged about my experience in taking the Nihoncha Instructor Association course via correspondence. Despite being busy with work throughout the duration of the course, I finally managed to complete it under the stipulated time frame of six months. Efforts definitely paid off when I received my Certificate of … Continue reading Course completed!
I recently wrote about my informal experience in picking and making tea while I was in Tohyamago, south of Nagano prefecture. I first learnt about tea made in Kizawa, a small settlement in Tohyamago, when I saw a Facebook page sharing Hiroshi-san’s post about it. It totally piqued my interest, because I never knew the … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kizawa no Ocha
Previously I thought Benifuuki is solely a cultivar for black tea production, but after reading up on it, I found out that it is also a common cultivar to make oolong tea in Japan. I was introduced to this organic tea during my visit to Kanes Tea factory shop this summer. After sampling a cup, … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kanes Benifuuki Oolong
This order from Yunomi actually arrived when I was away last month, so I didn’t get to taste it until end of the month. I bought houjicha because I don't often drink it as I'm usually not a big fan of it. However, in case I forget how houjicha tastes like, I just had to … Continue reading Tea tasting: Marunaka Isecha Houjicha
August 11 is Mountain Day in Japan. As it is a fairly new public holiday (since 2016), there is no particular tradition on how people should celebrate it. It is meant to instill appreciation for the blessings and beauty of mountains. As a tribute to the massive land-forms that inspire awe and reverence throughout the … Continue reading Travel tales: Tohyamago
This is my first post dedicated solely to a travel experience that has little or nothing to do with tea. Not sure if I'm setting a precedent for myself here, but rest assured this is still mostly a tea blog and will remain so. I have to admit, I'm a little of a geek when … Continue reading Travel tales: Oigawa Railway
I was in Tohyamago, the southernmost region in Nagano prefecture, for a weekend during my July trip to Japan. There I managed to check off two of my Japan travel bucket list items, which were Shimoguri Village and Old Kizawa Elementary School. The latter is an abandoned school turned into museum and community space. I’d … Continue reading Experience: Tea-picking in Kizawa, Tohyamago