This was a sample teabag I got from a special gashapon machine at 897.4 Chaya near Houraibashi in Shimada city, Shizuoka prefecture. One of the shop personnel insisted that I give it a try, so I did. It had been awhile since I last played gashapon. After she explained that the contents were not the … Continue reading Tea tasting: Asahien fukamushi sencha
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