Befriending Japanese Tea Cultivars

Befriending Japanese Tea Cultivars

Moé  Kishida
When you go to drink your Japanese tea, have you thought about the type of tea cultivar(s) that your tea is coming from?  Perhaps, one may associat...
Befriending Japanese Tea Cultivars

Befriending Japanese Tea Cultivars

Moé  Kishida
When you go to drink your Japanese tea, have you thought about the type of tea cultivar(s) that your tea is coming from?  Perhaps, one may associat...
Tea Farm Mitocha: Preserving A Historical Folk Tea

Tea Farm Mitocha: Preserving A Historical Folk Tea

Moé  Kishida
Today, we share with you our interview with Yuuki Kayashita, a young and creative tea farmer based in a village in Yamazoe, Nara prefecture. Over ...
Discover Japanese Tea: Sannen Bancha

Discover Japanese Tea: Sannen Bancha

Moé  Kishida
Perhaps, you are familiar with the Japanese tea, bancha and have even tried a few. But what exactly is a sannen bancha (i.e., three-year bancha) an...
Kiroku Tea Garden

Kiroku Tea Garden: Women Owned Tea Farm

Moé  Kishida
Today, we share with you our interview with Megumi (Ui for short) Hori, 5th generation tea farmer of Kiroku Tea Garden in Wazuka, Kyoto Prefecture ...
Discover Koicha, the thick matcha of formal Japanese tea ceremonies

Discover Koicha, the thick matcha of formal Japanese tea ceremonies

Moé  Kishida
Did you know that there are two ways of preparing matcha? Usucha and Koicha. Probably, the matcha you are familiar with looks like this:  Usucha m...
harvesting tea at NaturaliTea, Shizuoka

Japanese tea production in 2020 dropped a dramatic 15%

Ian Chun
Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Feb 21 that Japanese tea production declined a dramatic 15% in 2020 from the previous year to 69800 tons according to s...
Wazuka Tea Farm - Moé Kishida

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...
Uejima Tea Farm-Yunomi Interview

Get to Know Your Tea Farmer: Noriyasu Uejima

Moé  Kishida
If you have been to Wazuka, in Kyoto prefecture, you will likely have heard of the 5th generation tea farmer, Noriyasu Uejima who runs Sourokuen (爽...
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...
Climate Change and Tea Chemistry

Climate Change and Tea Chemistry

Moé  Kishida
This blog post was written by guest Jimmy Burridge, PhD in Plant Science and tea aficionado, with a burgeoning interest in the intersection of tea ...
Get to Know Your Tea Farmer: Tarui Tea Farms

Get to Know Your Tea Farmer: 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...