Our tea sommelier is back from her Tea Tour in Japan organised by The Japan Tea Export Council. She visited Shizuoka and Kagoshima prefectures, two of main tea producing regions in Japan. She had the opportunity to meet tea farmers whilst learn more about the different stages of Japanese tea production from tea garden to the final products. Japanese Tea Experts held classes and shared practical tips to identify high quality Japanese teas.
Shizuoka is the No. 1 Tea producer in Japan, over 50% of Japanese teas are produced and processed there.
25th September, Tuesday
Our tea sommelier visited the Shizuoka Tea Museum, a beautiful state-of-the-art building where one would like to spend days there, mesmerised by the valuable information provided.
Later, A Matcha Tea Ceremony was waiting for her. She was unsure what impressed her the most, the lush matcha tea or the beauty of the traditional tea house architecture where it was held.
27th September, Thursday
She was welcomed with much warmth by the tea family based in the hills of Shizuoka. Ready to spend a full day in a tea farm visiting the tea gardens and their refining factory as well as enjoying a tea tasting session.
28th September, Friday
She had the chance to see how tea business is made at Shizuoka Tea Trade Centre (market place).
29th September, Saturday
Fujieda Research Farm of Shizuoka where she also was able to learn the art of plucking teas herself which was perhaps one of the best part of her trip! Once the tea was plucked, then she witnessed the different stages of the production process.
30th September, Sunday
Typhoon arrived at The South Coast in Japan. Don’t panic, she survived!
1 st October, Monday
Heading to Kagoshima, eventually after the typhoon crisis.
Its tea production volume is the second highest in Japan next to Shizuoka Prefecture. High-tech machinery and modern processing methods are the main features of factories in Kagoshima.
2 nd October, Tuesday
She gathered with Kagoshima farmers to discuss the tea industry in that region.
3rd October, Wednesday
She had a visit to Tencha (material of Matcha) factory and a Refining factory of Sencha.
4th October, Thursday
To wrap up this unforgettable tea trip nothing better than a Sencha Tea ceremony. The ceremony itself was a remarkable experience where she could feel the elegance and delicacy of this art. Afterwards, she spent some time strolling around the extraordinary Japanese tea garden which left her speechless.