Film Screening: Japanese Tea Documentary

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We are happy to say that we will be holding a film screening of the Japanese Tea Documentary together with its producer Makoto Takatsu. Released just this May, the documentary was created to share the outlook of Japanese tea by Japanese tea lovers and professionals.  The event will involve an online film screening and we […]

Ishizuchi Kurocha (石鎚黒茶)

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History Ishizuchi kurocha is an extremely rare tea. It has been produced in Japan for centuries, but its precise origins, always associated with the same legends about monk Kōbō Daishi and its legacy, remain nebulous and elusive as they fade in the fogs of history. The tea’s production is unique to Ehime Prefecture where it […]

Goishicha (碁石茶)

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History Goishicha’s production is almost exclusively limited to the area around Ootoyo town in Kōchi prefecture, where it is registered as a trademark of the Ootoyo Town Goishicha Cooperative. The exact moment of its start in Japan is unknown but it is thought that goishicha first appeared in the 18th century. Although historically not attested, […]

Post-Fermented Japanese Tea

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Introduction Just like China with its pu-erh, Japan has its post-fermented tea too. However, Japanese post-fermented teas are produced only in small quantities and are very geographically specific! Most of these teas are produced in small rural villages, where this very particular tradition is being kept alive by a few people, usually of the older […]

Tea in Yakushima

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Recently I started to discover the Japanese archipelagos a little bit more. I took advantage of the travel restrictions to explore a little bit more this beautiful country going beyond the common touristic places and finding in extremely wild nature the essence of Japan! During “Silver week”, a week of holidays in Japan around the […]