Community Supporting and Supported Farming: Cyittorattu Part 1

Community Supporting and Supported Farming: Cyittorattu Part 1

Moé  Kishida
  Ayumi Farms, Cyittorattu (established by Ayumi Kinezuka in 2019) is addressing one of the most defining challenges of our time; namely, how to ...
Community Supporting and Supported Farming: Cyittorattu Part 1

Community Supporting and Supported Farming: Cyittorattu Part 1

Moé  Kishida
  Ayumi Farms, Cyittorattu (established by Ayumi Kinezuka in 2019) is addressing one of the most defining challenges of our time; namely, how to ...
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 e...
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 Farmers - Tarui Tea Farms

Get to Know Your Tea Farmers - 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...
How Uji Tea Farmers Dance Gracefully with Climate Change

How Uji Tea Farmers Dance Gracefully with Climate Change

Moé  Kishida
Hello all! We hope that you are enjoying your Japanese green teas along with autumnal delights like chestnuts, persimmons and pears (what are some ...
Yunomi Matcha Grades

Yunomi Matcha Grades

Ian Chun
Yunomi Matcha Grades There is unfortunately no objective standard for grading matcha, and often you'll see the term "ceremonial grade" even though ...
Does the Best Gyokuro Come from Yame?

Does the Best Gyokuro Come from Yame?

Moé  Kishida

Magnificent scenery with mountainous valleys and open plains Centuries of tradition and rich cultural heritage A welcoming rural community Award-winning gyokuro... If the above descriptions resonate with you, Yame may just be the tea haven for you!  And today on the fall equinox, we will be touching on Yame as one of the major tea producing regions in Japan but also to share with you what makes their gyokuro shine.

ほうじ茶ラボ 始動!

ほうじ茶ラボ 始動!

Sachiko Murata
ほうじ茶..... みなさんはどうやって作るか知っていますか? この度、Ogura Tea Garden の小倉さんに協力していただき、YUNOMIオリジナルのほうじ茶商品を作ってみようという話になりました。 今回、まずはごあいさつということで、神奈川県小田原市にあ...
Kumamoto-cha & Miyazaki-cha

Kumamoto-cha & Miyazaki-cha

Moé  Kishida
Hello, happy half moon in August!  Late August is usually a time when the bell crickets (鈴虫; Suzumushi) start to sing and chime in Japan.  Their si...
Hojicha Roasting Experiment

Hojicha Roasting Experiment

Sachiko Murata
As I wrote in the previous article, we've started developing Hojicha products.   We made 3 types of Hojicha this time using first flush Ara...
The Hojicha Project has started!

The Hojicha Project has started!

Sachiko Murata
Do you know what Hojicha is?  It's roasted tea (in Japan, generally roasted green tea)    If you have heard about it, do you know how to make Hojic...
History Notes Along with Your Cup of Ureshino Tea

History Notes Along with Your Cup of Ureshino Tea

Moé  Kishida
Kyushu (九州) is Japan’s third largest island and is located at the very Southwest end of Japan. It is made up of the following 8 prefectures: Kagos...
Sueyoshi Tea Atelier (Soo, Kagoshima)

A Taste of Kagoshima Tea

Moé  Kishida

Kagoshima is the 2nd largest tea producing prefecture in Japan after Shizuoka.  It is only recently however that Kagoshima has obtained recognition as a place of tea.  For quite a long time, Kagoshima had an image of low end tea. That being said, even some Japanese may not be aware that Kagoshima is a strong tea producing region. Today, this prefecture has the highest productivity per area in all of Japan, especially in the flat agricultural areas, which favors mechanization.  But of course, it’s not all about the productivity.  Below, we highlight some of the specialties of Kagoshima tea: