Second virtual tea tour of Higashi-Sonogi

This was the second virtual tour organised by Nagasaki Ikedoki Tea Project in its aim to promote the tea region of Higashi-Sonogi in northern Nagasaki prefecture. Even though I have taken part in the first one, I found myself signing up for this after Ikedoki posted about the possibility of seeing sunset in the afternoon … Continue reading Second virtual tea tour of Higashi-Sonogi

World of Japanese Tea webinar

"World of Japanese Tea - a message for ASEAN customers" was a one-hour free webinar held earlier this afternoon, as a side event in conjunction with the Virtual Selangor International Expo 2020. I saw it being shared on Facebook last week, and since Thursday is my usual off day, I immediately signed up for it. … Continue reading World of Japanese Tea webinar

Special Focus on Shizuoka: Tea farmstays in Kawane

One of the best ways to experience the inaka or rural Japan is to stay and interact with the locals. In many parts of Japan, there are opportunities for farmstays, which are basically homestay in farms. Some are part of mid-term or long-term programmes such as agricultural internships, while some offer short-term stays. Most farmstays … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: Tea farmstays in Kawane

Tea tasting: Arabikicha (Wakohen / Wakoen Global)

I seldom have powdered green tea (including matcha) in my tea stash. Storage is one thing, as the quality of the powdered tea deteriorates pretty fast once the package is opened, more so in this equatorial climate, but like I have mentioned before, I happen to have a preference for loose-leaf teas. However, my curiosity … Continue reading Tea tasting: Arabikicha (Wakohen / Wakoen Global)

Tea tasting: Izumi First Flush black tea (Kajihara Tea Garden)

Kajihara-san in Kumamoto is well-known as a producer of organic kamairicha (pan-fired green tea). I bought one of his signature kamairicha as well as this wakoucha (Japanese black tea) made of Izumi cultivar. Located in Ashikita, towards the south of the prefecture, Kajihara Tea Garden suffered massive damages in the early July torrential rain. Landslides … Continue reading Tea tasting: Izumi First Flush black tea (Kajihara Tea Garden)

Special Focus on Shizuoka: Tea production

As a tea lover, I find myself drawn to Shizuoka again and again. After all, it is the prefecture that contributes to some 40 per cent of Japan’s overall tea production. According to the 2019 tea production statistics released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries earlier this year, nationwide crude tea production last … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: Tea production