Tea Picking Event by the Kinezuka Family, Day One
The Kinezuka family: Kazuki, Toshiaki, and Ayumi (mom and little sister Tamiko are prepping lunch in this photograph)
The Kinezuka family, head of a cooperative of tea farmers called 人と農、自然をつなぐ会 (“hito to no, shizen wo tsunagu kai” or “Society Connecting People, Agriculture and Nature”…we sell their tea under their English brand name NaturaliTea), holds a yearly tea picking event that spans two days at the end of April. Altogether, some 130 people from around Japan participated in the event.
See Day Two here
The entire Yunomi.us staff headed from our HQ in Tokyo to take part in this event. We’d like to thank everyone who followed along with us on Twitter and Facebook, Haruna for driving, and of course the Kinezuka family for hosting!
Mt. Fuji greets us as we drive to the Kinezuka family farm!
Rolling tea by hand!
The Kinezuka family offered a number of things to do on the first day, starting with handrolling tea!
Mom, look! Horsies!
The Kinezuka family raise three beautiful horses on their farm. Youngest son Kazuki was giving people rides.
Bamboo, an amazing resource on a Japanese farm
Several craftsmen from the town join in on the event to teach participants how to make various bamboo crafts. They also made several dozen serving dishes for dinner!
Soba-uchi: Handmade buckwheat noodles
Another wonderful Japanese tradition is handmade soba noodles. There is something infinitely wonderful about making food by hand…
Dinner for 130 please!
After a day of events, the results of that event was turned into a delicious dinner featuring tea leaf tempura, takekomi gohan or flavored rice made with a wild boar that was caught in the neighborhood, and of course Japanese sake (which we will not show photos of to preserve our dignity…)
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