Tea Hand-Picking Experience – Picked tea leaves will go to National Tea Competition
On April 27th, 7 ICT members went to Hiratsuka-en tea farm, where is in a quiet residential area in Iruma city, for tea hand-picking 茶摘み. Nowadays, tea leaves can be picked by machine, nevertheless, hand-picking is still preferred in many places. Here Hiratsuka-en also is.
Each of us took a basket, and we carefully chose and picked new tea leaves with the way of picking “一芯二葉” (1 core with 2 leaves), which is used for producing high quality teas (e.g. leaves go to National Tea Competition; Sencha, Gyokuro, Maccha and much more). After 2 hour picking under the beautiful green tea growing terraces, we took a break with tasty teas and Japanese rice crackers which Obachan kindly served us.
Lastly, the most concern in the tea industry is that the products don’t sell because of reduced demand. It's a tough way for small tea farms to make a living. Mr. Tomono said that it was an undeniable fact that Japanese people no longer drink as much as they used to.
could be of some help to expand of the Japanese tea culture and contribute to increase the number of Japanese tea lovers in Asia, Europe and the world!
fun and detailed lectures during tea picking, Mr. Tomono for introducing us the tea factory for his kindness, and Haruna san for organizing this wonderful learning experience!!
(Posted by Tsubasa Kato)
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