Obubu #07: Sencha of the Autumn Moon

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Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

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Sencha of the Autumn Moon

Tea color Tea leaves Steeped leaves

Otsukimi (お月見) literally means 'moon viewing' and is closely associated with Japanese festivals celebrating the moon in Autumn. It is at this time of the year when the moon appears brightest, and Japanese eat certain dishes such as tsukimi dango (round, white dumplings), edamame (soybeans), Japanese chestnuts, etc.

Our Otsukimi Sencha or Sencha of the Autumn Moon was named after this Japanese tradition not only because we harvest it in late September / early October when the festivals occur, but also because the tea leaves and stems produce a bright yellow-green sencha with a strong astringent flavor.


  • Ingredients: Green tea
  • Cultivar: Blended
  • Harvest Season: Autumn (Late September)
  • Japanese name: お月見煎茶
  • Net Weight: 10 grams (Yunomi package), 100 grams (Yunomi package), 1kg, 5kg, 10kg
  • Number of Cups in 100g: 80 cups (20 uses / 4 steepings / 1 cup per steeping. Varies with your steeping recipe.)
  • Region: Wazuka, Kyoto Prefecture


Consider also cold steeping (see Steeping Techniques).

  • Tea: 5 grams or 1 teaspoon. Time: 30 seconds. Water: 90˚C/194˚F, 240 ml.
  • Resteep up to 4 times or until flavor becomes too diluted.


  • Name: Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
  • Location: Wazuka-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto, JAPAN

Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations, is a Japanese tea brand owned and operated by tea farmers in the town of Wazuka, Kyoto. Started by Akihiro Kita and Yasuharu Matsumoto in 2004, the company began as an agricultural social venture. Akky and Matsu's aim was and still is, to teach tea lovers both in Japan and overseas about the value of tea farming, and to contribute to society through tea.

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