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, a very small amount compared to many other operations, but they and the 9 other commercial farms in the village specialize in producing a shaded tea called Kabusecha. A subset of Mie Prefecture's Isecha (ee-SEH-cha), tea from Suizawa Village, takes the best flavors from sencha tea and the richness of gyokuro to form a delicious fusion.
1993 - 47th National Tea Competition - Kabusecha Division - Minister's Award
1996 - 49th National Tea Competition - Kabusecha Division - Minister's Award
2007 - World Green Tea Contest - Gold Award
2010 - 8th International Tea Competition - Gold Award
2014 - 10th International Tea Competition - Gold Award