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.
Wazuka is a small tea producing town in Kyoto Prefecture. However, it boasts a long tea cultivation history of over 800 years. Every years to celebrate the end of the harvesting season, Wazuka holds Teatopia Festival. It usually takes place on the second weekend of November and lasts two days. In 2018 the festival […]
These days in Japan tea is mostly harvested and processed with the help of machinery. Long gone are days when hand-picking and hand-rolling were used for commercial production. Not to forget the traditions, however, each tea regions usually has a Tea Hand-Rolling Preservation Association. These associations normally hold and participate in community events as well […]
Exactly one year ago our ideas of spreading Japanese tea took better form and the Global Japanese Tea Association was decided to start. All these past months we had been thinking, planning, talking, sharing and announcing around to tea people and at tea events about this. At long last, the official opening event took place […]