Tea Recipe: Sencha Snowball Cookies

Ian Chun

Sencha Snowball Cookies by Oisakien Kimiko-san, Oisakien’s young successor Yuki-san’s wife, is making a cute tea recipe book! Today she shares one recipe with us! “My friends love this cookie! I hope many tea lovers try this easy recipe!”

Shincha Update > Morita Tea Garden 4/24

Staff - Haruna

Morita-san sent us more pictures of their tea farm. They cover some tea trees for several days before harvesting for Kabusecha.   Can you tell the difference? The left (covered – for Kabusecha) is slightly greener than the right (not covered – for Sencha).

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About Asamiyacha – one of the five great ancient tea regions of Japan

Ian

Located in the southern part of Shiga prefecture and the western part of Shigaraki town (also famous for Shigarakiyaki ceramics ware), Asamiya is a hilly, rural region on the Shigaraki plateau (altitude 400 meters). The temperature change between night and day is drastic in this...

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Using rice husks as an organic way to fight insect infestation.

Ian

I received a request from Saitama Prefecture to experiment with using rice husks as an organic method to prevent infestation of an insect called white peach scales (pseudaulacaspis pentagona). A spraying machine that you don’t see very often. The tank has a double structure for...

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Akio Kurihara-san’s way of recycling tea

Kurihara Tea Farm

生育が少し良くない畑にもみ殻堆肥を投入してます。 これは茶工場で出た茶しぶダゴや、はわき集めた茶粉を混ぜて作った堆肥。 いわば再利用。無駄なく茶畑に還すってことですね。 Adding chaff compost to the tea field that is not growing as expected. The compost is made from remains of tea incrustation and powder of tea leaves gathered at the tea processing facility. In other words, recycling. We return the remains of...

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Shincha Update > Kurihara Gyokuro. 4/20

Kurihara Tea Farm

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Fighting red blight organically

Kurihara Tea Farm

By Akio Kurihara If at all possible, we farmers avoid using pesticides to fight diseases such as red blight (赤焼病 akayakebyou). Today, I trimmed my oku hikari cultivar fields in preparation for the winter. I am cutting the hedges a little higher than usual. By...

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Photos of first flush tea leaves on the tea fields of Shizuoka tea farmer Haruo Ogose

Ian

Haruo Ogose, a tea farmer in Shizuoka who cultivates tea without use of fertilizers or pesticides, sent us these photos of his tea fields on April 21st.

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Yokota Blog: 50 days before the estimated germination period

mariko

Shop Here for 2015 Shincha Tea Spring equinox has passed and we can finally feel the warmth of spring. It is time to officially begin the spring trimming. In the “trimming” process, plucking surface is equally trimmed to avoid old leaves and twigs from getting...

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Onocha Tea Fields First Flush 2015 Photo (April 12)

Ian

Shop Here for 2015 Shincha Tea The grand expanse of tea fields in Ono, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The new buds a brilliant green carpeting the landscape! Harvest is planned for the end of the month with shipments beginning early May!

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March 2015 Hachimanjyu tea field

Ian

March 20, 2015. Tea leaf buds starting to appear at the tea fields in Yakushima Island, courtesy of Hachimanjyu Tea.

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Yokota Blog: Preparing tea for 2015 shincha

mariko

Feeling the warmth of spring for the first time, we have started the “spring trimming” today. But only for the teas grown in the greenhouse for the purpose of early harvest. The timing of “trimming” varies depending on each tea production region, and in cool...

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