The Kurihara Brothers – 4th generation tea farmers

The Kurihara Brothers – 4th generation tea farmers

Asako Inoue

The Kurihara brothers, Akio and Yuji, are 4th generation tea farmers, having taken over from their father, Kippei Kurihara. As a Yame city councilman, their father is very respected in the Yamecha community in Fukuoka Prefecture, and Akio and Yuji have some big shoes to...

Kurihara Blog: Tea Tasting Contest at Yabemura

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An annual tocha* 闘茶 event, tea tasting contest, at Yabemura. We have to guess the five kinds of tea from gyokuro and sencha green tea. The characters on the cards** used in Yabemura is 松竹梅鶴亀 (translated as pine 松, bamboo 竹, plum 梅, crane 鶴,...

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Kurihara Blog: Yuji Kurihara-san’s activity in teaching “tea”

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I received a thank you letter from the 1st and 2nd grade students of Yabe Elementary School, where I held a “tea class”. ♪( ´ ▽ ` )ノ Tea leaves drawn on the cover page is by a girl in 2nd grade. (≧∇≦) I am...

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Kurihara Blog: Preparing the tea field

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Time for spring fertilizer spreading. The wind is ice cold but such a beautiful weather!

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Kurihara Blog: Photo – Today’s tea field

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Currently, the tea field is in the middle of cultivation.

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Kurihara Blog: Tea Field – Kurihara Heritage Gyokuro

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Warm rain today. This will help grow the new tea buds. Here we go. I will enjoy making the Kurihara Heritage Gyokuro.

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Kurihara Blog: Photo of Tea Field by Akio Kurihara

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Snow seen in the high mountain areas. The last snow fall of the season… I believe.

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Sakura photos by Yuji Kurihara

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(Left) Sakura petals have fallen due to the rain, but the petals on the ground created a beautiful artwork. (Right) Sakura petals floating on the water.

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Photo: A romantic scene in the depth of Yame city

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Photo, poem and comment from Yuji Kurihara-san: “Heart hidden in the depth of morning mist, autumn leaves color the cheeks” The Hyugami Dam (Yame city, Fukuoka) in my hometown has a great power. It’s the source of my energy.

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Photo: sign of winter in Yabe-mura

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Yuji Kurihara-san says: Wow! First snow of the season in Yabe-mura.

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Photo: A view from Yuji Kurihara-san’s window

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Yuji Kurihara-san says: When I opened the window, it was a snow country @ Yabe village

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