Tea tasting: Organic black tea (Nukumori-en Yururi)

This tea was one of several Shizuoka black tea gifts that I received recently. Nukumori-en Yururi is a traditional farm in Ogouchi village, Shimizu Ward, central Shizuoka, operated by the Nishiyama family. The closest train station would be Okitsu Station on the Tokaido line, but you'd need a car to reach the place. The Nishiyamas … Continue reading Tea tasting: Organic black tea (Nukumori-en Yururi)

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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

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