Uejima Tea Farm: Karigane - Gyokuro Leaf Stems

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A blend of the leaf stems filtered out during the refinement of Uejima Tea Farm's gyokuro products, this leaf stem tea (kukicha) is given the more refined name of karigane, literally the "sound of geese". The term evokes the elegance of Japanese geese carrying a twig as it migrates across the Sea of Japan. When it tires, it places the twig in the water and rests on it...or so the legend goes.

  • Ingredients: Green tea
  • Net weight: 80g bag
  • Cultivar: ---
  • Harvest: Spring
  • Region: Kyotanabe & Wazuka Villages, Kyoto Prefecture

About Tea Farmer: Noriyasu Uejima

Noriyasu Uejima is a tea master. In the 90+ year old tea tasting competition held in Kyoto, he is the only winner to ever achieve a perfect score. Cultivating and processing some of Kyoto's finest teas, the Ritz Carlton Hotel of Kyoto features his teas in their line up for guests. He is the 5th generation master farmer carrying on a tradition that dates back to the mid-19th century when his ancestor started the Uejima family as a branch family of an even older main family. The farm also operates the Wazuka Village's Wazuka Cha Cafe.


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