宇治の香 / Uji from Kyoto, Ujino no Kaori
Though Eisai and other Buddhist monks bringing seeds from China established tea fields in various parts of Japan 800-1000 years ago, Uji, Kyoto, serving the city of Kyoto (Japan's old capital) is considered the birthplace of the Japanese tea industry. To be considered Uji tea, the leaves must originate from surrounding regions such as Wazuka and Ujitawara, and be refined by the factory wholesalers in Uji.
- Name: Dobashien: Uji from Kyoto, Ujino no Kaori
- Japanese name: 宇治の香
- Ingredients: Green tea
- Net weight: 100g / 3.52 oz (sample sized packed by Yunomi)
- Harvest: Spring
- Region: Kyoto
- Note: Umami taste, sweetness spreads.
In 1892, Dobashien's founder Tetsugoro Dobashi established a small tea shop in a quiet residential district on the outskirts of Tokyo. As the city expanded, the area known as Akasaka-Mitsuke became one of the city's elite districts with ryotei, luxury Japanese restaurants, hosting meetings between powerful politicians. At these ryotei, only the best tea leaves from Shizuoka and other parts of Japan are served.