Yuji Kurihara-san giving a lecture on “Yamecha-ology ~how to prepare tea~” at Yabe Junior High School. Here’s a photo that he shared, with a quote known among the Japanese tea industry: “Drink water when you are thirsty, drink tea when your heart/mind is thirsty” (「のどが乾けば水を飲み、心が渇けばお茶を喫む」,...
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A Happy New Year. It’s a belated greetings ^^; I will do my best in everything this year as well! In tea making climate and soil of the land plays an important role, but I believe the people making the tea is the key. First...
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Yametsuhime* Shrine 八女津媛神社 is where the name yame** 八女 comes from. The shrine was rebuild in 1988 due to a damage from rockfall but before that this is what the shrine looked like. * The name Yametsuhime is used for one of Kurihara Tea’s product:...
Today, Akio is giving a Handrolling (temomi) tea demonstration at the Hirokawa highway service area. he says, “it’s hot.” At 32C/90F degrees, it’s actually cooler than it has been in days, but Handrolling tea is a lot of work!!!
梅雨の合間の管理作業。 今日は雨、もちましたね。 山谷の集落を茶畑から眺めて…。 なんかのどかだなぁ〜と見惚れました。 田舎っていいな…。と思う風景でした。 Working in the fields on a temporal sunny day during the rainy season. No rainfall today. Looking at the village in the mountain valley from our tea field… I was fascinated by how peaceful it was. The scene made me...
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茶畑再生プロジェクト。 今日は曇り空で風が強く肌寒い。でもこの山からの景色を見ると晴れやかな気分になりました。 頑張りましょう。一歩ずつ。 Tea field restoration project. Today was cloudy, very windy, and chilly. But this view from the mountain brightened me up. Let’s work hard. Step by step.
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Shop Here for 2015 Shincha Tea Kurihara Heritage Gyokuro – a true green gem. Almost ready for picking, but I will have to decide by looking at the leaves. Sencha tea field is to follow.
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Shop Here for 2015 Shincha Tea
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In a town as small as Yabe where the Kurihara Tea farm is based, fighting fire is a joint responsibility of the men. And last night, Yuji was on special alert as a strange, potential arson took place. “Arson absolutely cannot be forgiven!” he says.