Noticing a growing interest in Japanese tea, this year we held the Japanese Tea Master Course twice. The second course took place in September. September can be tricky with the weather as it is called the typhoon season in Japan. This year luckily, they let us carry on without interruption. This time the course was […]
In the middle of August one street of Kyoto – Gojo, becomes particularly lively, as it hosts the annual pottery festival. Gojo has always been known as a pottery area in Kyoto. The famous Kyoto pottery styles– Kyo-yaki and Kyomizu-yaki have been produced in this area and sold in numerous pottery shops on Gojo street. […]
The interest in Japanese tea has been growing over the past few years and many people are looking for opportunities to learn more about it. Japanese Tea Master Course is likely the only opportunity to get immersed into Japanese tea and learn about it in English. It is the third year to organize the course […]
Even today a lot of tea in Japan is sold in tea auctions. The first opening of the auction is always a big event. It gathers people from all walks of the tea industry. Tea buyers – usually big tea wholesalers, are the key participants of course. But you can also meet tea farmers, agricultural […]
Bologna Tea Festival In Tè Festival in Italy was fun and inspiring! 9 people attended our workshop on regional banchas. To our surprise, bancha is lately quite known in Italy, but most of what can be found is summer or autumn harvest. The persons that joined were then surprised to taste many different flavours compared to what […]
Japan, one of the ten largest tea producers in the world, have a large number of tea professionals involved with Japanese tea in one way or another: be it tea farming, tea processing, sales, education, etc. There is even an organization for young tea professionals – under 45 years old. The purpose of the organization […]
Back in the old days, tea used to be picked and processed by hand. Through modernization this practice got replaced by machinery. To preserve the tradition, however, each tea producing region in Japan has Tea Hand-Rolling Preservation Societies. And every spring they compete to determine who can produce the best Japanese tea by hand. Tea […]
Frost came to tea fields in Wazuka Kyoto.