Tea place: Imaya Seikouen

Kagawa prefecture’s tea production is centred around Takase, a district located in Mitoyo City. Its green tea is known to be fragrant and sweet.

However, I did not quite make it to Takase as originally intended, due to unforeseen circumstances. It would have been great to visit the tea fields there.

I did not want to leave Kagawa without its tea, fully intending to buy it from the nearest supermarket I could find, if needed be. So it happened when I was sightseeing in Kan-onji City, I chanced upon a tea shop called Imaya Seikouen (今屋静香園).

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I first noticed the green ice cream cone display outside the shop, signifying that green tea ice cream is sold here. A quick peek into the glass doors told me that I should be going inside the shop.

Indeed, it was a tea lover’s paradise. Tea wares, from cups to pots to whisks and everything else needed in tea drinking and tea ceremony, are stocked snugly in every corner of the shop.

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The charming old lady manning the counter was kind enough to let me gawk at the wares and take photos. Feeling a little self-conscious, I decided to buy myself a Tokoname kyuusu, as I really needed one specifically for sencha use.

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I came to the corner of the shop where they sell teas. I was a little apprehensive, seeing the teas being refrigerated. I remember clearly most people would recommend *against* storing teas in the fridge because of the risk of condensation.

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The old lady informed me that it is necessary to keep them in the fridge because the temperature is constant in order to maintain their freshness. Well, who am I to argue with her, if that is how they conduct their business.

I decided to buy a pack of 100g Takase sencha that the old lady said goes best with meals. Because I’m worried about the condition of the tea being refrigerated before, I made sure to consume it first before the other sencha I had bought.

For those hunting for tea wares, Imaya Seikouen is open every day from 8:30am to 7pm. It closes on the first three days of January and the first half of September.

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  1. Pingback: Tea tasting: Imaya’s Takase sencha | 茶柱 The Floating Tea Stem

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