Teatopia, Wazuka

Teatopia, Wazuka

Moé  Kishida
Greetings! Can you spot the praying mantis lounging in the beautiful tea fields of Wazuka?  Yes, today we are back highlighting some of the major t...
Community Supporting and Supported Farming: Cyittorattu Part 2

Community Supporting and Supported Farming: Cyittorattu Part 2

Moé  Kishida
Interview Part 1 Interview Part 2 Today we are back to share the second part of our interview with Ayumi Kinezuka from Ayumi Farms, Cyittorattu. In...
Community Supporting and Supported Farming: Cyittorattu Part 1

Community Supporting and Supported Farming: Cyittorattu Part 1

Moé  Kishida
Interview Part 1 Interview Part 2 Ayumi Farms, Cyittorattu (established by Ayumi Kinezuka in 2019) is addressing one of the most defining challenge...
Birthplace of Japanese Green Tea - Ujitawara

Birthplace of Japanese Green Tea - Ujitawara

Moé  Kishida
Hello! Genki-desuka (元気ですか?How are you, in Japanese)?    Especially during these strange times, we hope that you are finding moments in your day to...
Get to Know Your Tea Farmers - Tarui Tea Farms

Get to Know Your Tea Farmers - Tarui Tea Farms

Moé  Kishida
Last week, I had the opportunity to talk with the Tarui family of Tarui Tea Farm  in Nearai, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture. They are a family oper...
How Uji Tea Farmers Dance Gracefully with Climate Change

How Uji Tea Farmers Dance Gracefully with Climate Change

Moé  Kishida
Hello all! We hope that you are enjoying your Japanese green teas along with autumnal delights like chestnuts, persimmons and pears (what are some ...
Does the Best Gyokuro Come from Yame?

Does the Best Gyokuro Come from Yame?

Moé  Kishida

Magnificent scenery with mountainous valleys and open plains Centuries of tradition and rich cultural heritage A welcoming rural community Award-winning gyokuro... If the above descriptions resonate with you, Yame may just be the tea haven for you!  And today on the fall equinox, we will be touching on Yame as one of the major tea producing regions in Japan but also to share with you what makes their gyokuro shine.

Kumamoto-cha & Miyazaki-cha

Kumamoto-cha & Miyazaki-cha

Moé  Kishida
Hello, happy half moon in August!  Late August is usually a time when the bell crickets (鈴虫; Suzumushi) start to sing and chime in Japan.  Their si...
History Notes Along with Your Cup of Ureshino Tea

History Notes Along with Your Cup of Ureshino Tea

Moé  Kishida
Kyushu (九州) is Japan’s third largest island and is located at the very Southwest end of Japan. It is made up of the following 8 prefectures: Kagos...
Sueyoshi Tea Atelier (Soo, Kagoshima)

A Taste of Kagoshima Tea

Moé  Kishida

Kagoshima is the 2nd largest tea producing prefecture in Japan, after Shizuoka.  It is only recently however that Kagoshima has obtained recognition for producing high-end tea.  For several decades, Kagoshima had an image of producing economically accessible  but less than premium tea. That being said, even some Japanese may not be aware that Kagoshima now produces award wining tea and has the highest productivity per area in all of Japan.

50 Major Tea Production Areas in Japan - An Evolving Project

50 Major Tea Production Areas in Japan - An Evolving Project

Moé  Kishida
At Yunomi, we’ve embarked on an exciting and ambitious project to list all the tea production regions and subregions in Japan, and examine 50 major areas. With the exception of the northernmost prefectures of Hokkaido, Yamagata, and Osaka, all the other 44 prefectures commercially produce tea.