Sencha from the town of Monou in what is now Ishinomaki City brews into a deep forest green with a strong astringency. With a 400 year history of tea farming, the town of Monou is the northernmost tea region, and the field managed by Sasaki-san is the northernmost tea field in Japan.
About Sasaki-san and Yabe-san
Miyagi Prefecture was once a major tea production region with a summer climate similar to Shizuoka tea production regions (though colder in the winter). The last surviving tea field belongs to Hiroshi Sasaki who studied tea agriculture in the major tea production region of Kagoshima in the southernmost part of Japan's main four islands. Tea Master Susumu Yabe who lives just south of Ishinomaki aids in the processing of the tea into fine sencha.
Left: Tea farmer Hiroshi Sasaki. Right: Tea master Susumu Yabe.
Name: Monoucha Sencha, Ishinomaki Green Tea
- Ingredients: Green Tea
Harvest: Spring, 2016
Cultivated by: Hiroshi Sasaki, Kashima Tea Garden (鹿島茶園), Monou Town, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture
Processed by: Atsushi Yabe, Yabe Tea (矢部園茶舗), 2-3 Kaigandori, Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan (Japanese site: yabe-en.com)