Tea tasting: Bancha Mix (Mitsui Norin)

This is the second out of two Nihoncha Award 2021 winning teas I bought earlier this year. Called Bancha Mix, this tea is actually a winner for the Jury's Award (equivalent to bronze prize) under the "Liberal" category. Having a keen interest in bancha in the past one year, naturally the name of this tea … Continue reading Tea tasting: Bancha Mix (Mitsui Norin)

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Tea tasting: YABU-kita deep (Wumin’s Clan)

The Nihoncha Award generally has three awards. Besides the highly coveted Platinum Award (which is usually the highlight of the annual event), there are also the Fine Product Award and the Jury's Award. The latter two are equivalent to silver and bronze prizes. Recently I bought two Jury's Award winning teas from the 2021 list. … Continue reading Tea tasting: YABU-kita deep (Wumin’s Clan)

Special Focus on Shizuoka: A Tea Dyeing Experience in a Former Post-town

The historical district Mariko in western Shizuoka City was one of the 53 authorised post-towns on the ancient Tokaido road connecting Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Kyoto. A post-town was where travellers find food and rest before moving on to their next destination. It is also known to be where Japanese black tea or wakoucha was … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: A Tea Dyeing Experience in a Former Post-town