“The 2nd T-1 Grand Prix in Sayama” was held on March 8, 2015.
T-1 Grand Prix is a competition for elementary students held in various places to decide the tea champion.
The contents are:
Cha-llenge 1 (茶レンジ1, cha 茶 meaning tea) – quiz on tea related topic
Cha-llenge 2 (茶レンジ2) – quiz on choosing the types of tea
Cha-llenge 3 (茶レンジ3) – how to prepare/steep tea
There were all together 75 participants at this year’s Sayama Competition.
In the final round, 3 participants competed on tea steeping skills.
Being it a competition it is unavoidable to rank the participants, but it was a moment that I wished for these children to prepare tea at home, creating an environment to start a conversation and bring smiles to the family.
The Shimizu family operates an award winning tea farm based in the village of Suizawa in Yokkaichi City, Mie, famous for its bankoyaki tea ware. Their tea fields span 10 hectare with a total production of about 600 kilograms specializing in Kabusecha Buy Kabusecha Shaded...
Matsumoto-san, VP of Obubu, shared with us a few photos of the tea fields in Wazuka. The main problem they are having right now is wind. Some of their plants are being shaded and the wind blowing the shading against the leaves may cause some damage...
Photographed during a lull in the rain, Yokota-san shared with us a few images of his tea fields. No problems up in Saitama as the brunt of the storm hit Western Japan (around the Kobe area). Heavy winds though aren’t good for these baby tea...