Tea food: Mori no Cha Genmai Senbei (Osadaen Honten)

Osadaen is a tea maker and seller based in Morimachi, a town in western Shizuoka near Hamamatsu. It works with a number of tea farmers in the area, offering a range of carefully selected teas. In addition to teas, the company sells also sweets and food items made of tea, such as cha-soba, yokan jelly, … Continue reading Tea food: Mori no Cha Genmai Senbei (Osadaen Honten)

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Tea tasting: Shimabara-cha mushisei tamaryokucha (Cosmos Kai Shouken)

Shimabara Peninsula, east of Nagasaki City in southern Japan, is a popular destination for nature and onsen (hot spring) lovers. It is home of the Unzen Amakusa National Park, and also Mt Unzen, an active volcanic group of several overlapping stratovolcanoes. Many people may not be aware that Shimabara tea was once widely known throughout … Continue reading Tea tasting: Shimabara-cha mushisei tamaryokucha (Cosmos Kai Shouken)

Special Focus on Shizuoka: Traditional hand-rolling experience at a tea farm

Before the advent of tea-making machineries, sencha was hand-rolled. This manual method known as temomi was invented in 1738 by Nagatani Souen. The method resulted in high quality and refined green tea with leaves that are bright and needle-like in shape. Today, temomi is no longer widely practised in Japan, but are preserved as a … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: Traditional hand-rolling experience at a tea farm