Japanese Tea Master Course

Are you working with tea professionally or thinking about entering the tea industry? Is Japanese tea something you would like to learn more about? Then we have something just for you – a two-week Japanese Tea Master Course.

This course was stated in 2017 and it is the first educational program about Japanese tea in English.  The aim of the course is to allow you to develop a full understanding of Japanese tea, as a result of which you will become more knowledgeable about the product and better equipped to guide your own customers.

The Japanese Tea Master Course covers a broad range of topics: from tea cultivation and production; to history, culture and consumption; and provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Japanese tea. The program is delivered by Japanese tea experts, able to relay the deep going information and cultural background in an understandable and easy to follow manner. Moreover, the course is hosted in Wazuka, Kyoto, that has over 800 years of Japanese tea cultivation history and is one of the main producer of the famous brand – Ujicha.

Therefore, participation in the course will give you access to valuable insider’s information, otherwise inaccessible experiences, and course material that will be useful for the rest of your career.

*The course is supported by Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms.

 

Course Content

Day 1 – Introduction to tea brewing; Japanese tea history overview; Sencha tasting & evaluation
Day 2 – Current situation of Japanese tea; Introduction to tea cultivation & processing; Matcha tasting & evaluation
Day 3 – Machine-harvesting exercise; Sencha factory visit; Tea pan-frying exercise
Day 4 – Introduction to organic tea; Visit to several tea farms & factories to meet local tea farmers
Day 5 – Overview of tea components; Japanese tea ceremony demonstration & practice
Day 6 & 7 – Free time to explore Kyoto, Nara, Osaka or farther Japan
Day 8 – Introduction to Japanese tea business; Tea storage; Gyokuro tasting & evaluation
Day 9 – Visit to a tea research center; Water for tea; Hojicha tasting & evaluation
Day 10 – Visit to a tea auction; Visit to a Matcha factory; Tea blending class
Day 11 – Tea hand-picking exercise; Traditional tea hand-rolling exercise
Day 12 – Senchado ceremony; Rare Japanese tea tasting & evaluation
*Content may be revised

 

Course Dates

The course runs Monday to Friday. In 2020 it will be held 4 times and the available dates are:

13th Apr – 24th Apr, 2020
25th May – 5th Jun, 2020
6th Jul – 17th Jul, 2020
31st Aug – 11th Sep, 2020

 

Course Instructors

Tomoyuki Nishimura (Senmu)

Senmu is the owner of one of the biggest Matcha processing factories in the region and a seasoned tea professional. During the course he will teach about Matcha processing and will provide an introduction to tea blending.

Kenta Hosoi

Kenta is the leader of Wazuka Tea Hand-Rolling Preservation Association and the president of his family tea farm. During the course he will teach about the traditional traditional Japanese tea making.

Kaoru Nakai (Nakai Sensei)

Nakai Sensei  is a certified instructor of Urasenke tea ceremony, Furyuu Sencha ceremony and Chikusenryu flower arrangement. In the course she will lead tea culture and ceremony activities.

Simona Zavadckyte

Simona is the president of the Global Japanese Tea Association and the licensed Urasenke tea ceremony instructor. During the course, she will lead Japanese tea brewing and tasting classes.

Yasuharu Matsumoto (Matsu)

Matsu is the co-executive officer of the Global Japanese Tea Association and Vice president of Obubu Tea. In the course, he will deliver classes about Japanese tea science, tea history and current situation.

Akihiro Hita (Akky)

Akky is the president of Obubu Tea, and a certified Japanese tea instructor, who has over 20 years of tea farming experience. During the course, he will lead tea cultivation classes and exercises.

Many more knowledgeable and tea instructors will teach other subjects during the course.

 

Graduate Voices

Julie – tea consultant in Singapore, 2019 autumn course

“Very well organized and truly truly amazing.
・In depth knowledge & experience
・Sincere & friendly tea
・Opportunities for student bonding – good for networking & building friendships”

Susanne – the founder of Horenso Consulting in Germany, 2019 autumn course

“Everything was important and useful! Many details about all parts a foreigner would not know. Logical and well prepared.”

Christopher – a team member of Tea Master in the USA, 2019 summer course

“Truly excellent and thorough exploration of Japanese tea. It was even more in depth and comprehensive than I expected. Now I know how much I don’t know about tea:)”

Simone – the owner of More Tea in Australia, 2018 summer course

“The course covered a wide variety of subjects presented in a warm and inviting manner. Altogether brilliant, fun, informative and hands-on. Cemented all I have learned through online study and reading.”

Kori – the founder of Piano Black Trade Co. in the USA, 2018 summer course

“Absolutely fantastic! Very good mix of hands-on experiences and classroom theory. Really appreciated the diversity of class content and showing the whole regional Wazuka / Kyoto tea industry.”

 

Group Size

To ensure personable learning and attentive delivery of the course is limited to 12 people.

 

Course Language

The course is delivered in English.

 

About the Accommodation

16358082_10211979226181728_1427467404_oDuring the course the accommodation is provided in a freshly renovated traditional Japanese guesthouse. The spacious rooms are built in a traditional Japanese style with tatami floor and futon bedding. There is also a tv and spacious storing cabinets with sliding Japanese doors. Towels and amenities are also provided. Rooms will be shared between 2-4 course participants of the same gender. 3 showers, 6 toilets (3 for women and 3 for men) and 3 washroom sinks are also shared between all course participants.

 

Course Cost

The cost of the course program is 225,000yen. The accommodation and catering will additionally cost 120,000yen.
*10,000yen discount for Tea Fellows and Tea Catalysts.

What is included:

  • Course classes and workshops delivered by Japanese tea experts
  • Course handouts
  • Course completion certificate
  • Accommodation in a beautiful traditional Japanese guesthouse during the course dates (you will be able to store your luggage at the guest house during the weekend)
    • April Course: 12th – 18th April and 19th – 25th April, 2020
    • May/June Course:  24th – 30th May and 31st May – 6th June, 2020
    • July Course: 5th – 11th July and 12th – 18th July, 2020
    • August/September Course: 30th August – 5th September and 6th – 12th September , 2020
  • Catering: breakfast, lunch and dinner (About special diets please consult us during the registration)
  • Transport during the course (to and from the course activity locations)

What is not included:

  • Flight tickets to and from Japan
  • Travel to Wazuka before the start of the course and from Wazuka after the end of the course
  • Weekend accommodation (Over the weekend we encourage you to explore close by cities: Kyoto, Osaka, Nara)
    • April Course: 18th April
    • May/June Course: 30th May
    • July Course: 11th July
    • August/September Course: 5th September
  • Travel insurance (please choose an insurance that does not exclude cover for farming activities and manual labour)
  • Personal expenses

 

Application Flow

Course Dates Application Deadline Notice of the Application Result

13th Apr – 24th Apr, 2020 31st Dec, 2019 15 Jan, 2020

25th May – 5th Jun, 2020 31st Jan, 2020 15th Feb, 2020

6th Jul – 17th Jul, 2020 15th Mar, 2020 30th Mar, 2020

31st Aug – 11th Sep, 2020 30th Apr, 2020 15th May, 2020

 

Cancelation

More than 2 months prior to the course start date: 100% refund

Less than 2 months but more than 1 month prior to the course start date: 50% refund

Less than 1 month prior to the course start date: no refund

 

Application Form

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If you have any questions please contact us at info@gjtea.org

We are looking forward to meeting you soon!