International Tea Day 2021

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In 2019 The UN designated 21st May as the International Tea Day to bring more attention to the importance of tea and highlight its long history as well as deep cultural and economic significance around the world. The International Tea Day was first observed in 2020 and this year was a second time. To observe […]

Batabatacha (バタバタ茶)

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Originally introduced from China, Batabatacha is the Japanese post-fermented tea that bears the closest similarity to Chinese pu-erh. It is typical to the town of Asahi in Toyama Prefecture, and the city of Itoigawa in Niigata Prefecture. It was also produced in Fukui Prefecture until 1976. Considering that in the Japanese language the onomatopoeic word […]

Japanese Tea Report – April 2021

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Spring tea harvest in Japan has already begun! And this year it is earlier than usual. February and March this year were warmer than normal and tea started sprouting early. Therefore, tea harvesting in most tea growing regions around the country started about a week earlier compared to last year. In Kagoshima tea auction opened […]

2nd GJTea Anniversary

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On 31st January we are turning two! The first few years as a new organization are never easy. With the pandemic ravaging the world, last year proved especially bumpy. However, guided by the mission to bring new growth into the Japanese tea world through global collaboration, our team could not let the hands down and […]