A family-operated organic tea farm in the region of Kirishima, Kagoshima, run by 4th generation tea farmer Osamu Hayashi.
History: 100 years of farming tea
Founder: Kasuke Hayashi
Originally, Kasuke transported and sold tobacco to Tokyo. The route took him through the tea fields of Shizuoka, and inspired, he began a tea farm around 1900 with 2 hectares. He organized for tea processing (in those days handrolling) experts from Shizuoka to come to Kirishima, and contributed to the tradition of handrolling in the area.
Expanded the farm to 6 hectares in size, and registered the farm as a corporation in 1953. Due to the lack of workers available, he began harvesting by machine. In 1972, he converted the farm's processing facility from diesel engine to electric powered machinery, and expanded capacity to 60 kilograms per batch.
In 1976, Osamu successfully improved farm production efficiency by automating various processes. He installed frost prevention fans into the tea field stabilizing crop yield. In 1993, he began moving the farm to organic agricultural practices and successfully received organic certification in 2001.
Note: Tea that has been repackaged by Yunomi is no longer considered organic according to government regulations since Yunomi is not registered as an organic packer. The tea itself is unchanged.
Translation: "Kirishima Tea Farm" is certified organic by JAS (Japan Agricultural Standards). The Organic JAS mark indicates that the agricultural crop or processed food has met the organic standards specified by the Japanese agricultural regulations. After certification, the farm must continue to be inspected at regular intervals, so that you may be assured what you are drinking is safe.