Tea tasting: Kurihara Sencha Seseragi

Yamecha is the name for tea cultivated in Yame region in southern Fukuoka prefecture. Fukuoka is one of the major tea production areas in Kyushu, after Kagoshima prefecture. This standard sencha (Sencha Seseragi) is produced by Kurihara Seicha, a family tea business located in Yabemura in Yame. It was also my first real Yamecha loose-leaf … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kurihara Sencha Seseragi


Second shipment of course materials

A lot has happened since the last update. Firstly, I must have put a lot of faith in our unreliable national postal service, when I sent out Report 1 via registered mail on May 16. Almost immediately after I have made my action known to friends they told me I've made a mistake and that … Continue reading Second shipment of course materials

88th Night

There is a very important day in Japan's tea calendar known as Hachijuu Hachiya (八十八夜, literally 88th night). This 88th night is counted from the first day of Spring (立春 or risshun) in the traditional lunar calendar. On a regular non-leap year, this date usually corresponds to May 2, and that's today! What is so … Continue reading 88th Night

Nihoncha Instructor Association course

I  first heard of "Nihoncha Instructors" some 3 years ago, when I saw that there are Japanese tea professionals with such designation/qualification. With a little research, I discovered that there is a non-profit organisation known as Nihoncha Instructor Association that serves as an examining body for the qualification. Some time in 2016, Ricardo, a Colombian … Continue reading Nihoncha Instructor Association course