Yuki and Junko Ogura moved to Odawara from Tokyo a decade ago to pursue a life closer to nature, and engage in their passion for tea. Learning from the tea farmers in Ashigara, the town just north of Odawara City, they cultivate tea without the use of pesticides.
It isn't easy being a new tea farmer in a country of tea farmers, especially from an ultra minor production area like Ashigara. So, after much trial and error, and visits to Sri Lanka and India, the couple has decided to specialize in black tea production, in the style of Darjeeling (though they do produce a small amount of sencha). Video shows their black tea rolling machine.