The Quality of Yame Green Tea
Skilled Tea Growers
- Mr. and Mrs. Tateishi
Gyokuro has been chosen as the best green tea for 9 consecutive years, and for the last 5 years the Gyokuro produced by Mr. and Mrs. Tateishi has received that honor. The soft-spoken husband and kind, cheerful wife are a well-known pair. They are expert tea growers. About the key to producing the best Gyokuro in Japan Mr. Tateishi says, “I listen to the tea, and only do what I should.”
- Shinya Yamaguchi, Connoisseur
Sincere, forward-looking, and at times a disciplinarian, the next president of the leading tea manufacturer in Yame has earned the confidence of his older colleagues. He utilizes his considerable skill in appraising tea to produce techniques that create even more delicious blends.
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How Producers Sell Tea
Drink samples are an important marketing method. At times, shops serve customers sweets with tea that has just been brewed. Some shops sell tea through mail-order catalogs several times a year. Selling online has also become popular. There are also tea producers who actively give plant tours. Consumers witness the straightforward manufacturing process and become fans of local brands.
Local Initiatives: To stimulate the sluggish market for high quality tea, the local community of Hoshino Village, Yame District, began holding “The National Contest for the Best Brewing Method for Gyokuro” 3 years ago in hopes of rejuvenating the production area. Many consumers from around Japan came to compete in the exciting contest, exhibiting their method of brewing Gyokuro. Contestants included grandfathers with small grandchildren in tow, making a heartwarming scene. First-time participants expressed surprise at how different Gyokuro tasted depending on how it was brewed. This event has succeeded in increasing the number of people who are familiar with the rich, high quality Gyokuro tea.
Where is Yame?
The History of Yame Green Tea
Yame Tea can be traced back to Shuzui, a pupil of Eisai who returned from China with tea seeds of even higher quality. He sowed those seeds when he built Reigan Temple in Yame in 1423, and taught the local farmers how to cultivate and process the tea.
Reasons Japanese People Drink Green Tea
Today, tea is enjoyed after dinner to refresh the palate, for hygienic purposes, to balance out the sweetness of desserts, or as a way to relax for a few moments. Japanese people drink several cups throughout the course of one day.
Indulging in a cup of delicious tea or partaking in a tea ceremony is the best form of enjoyment. Recently, as the benefits of tea have become clear, the number of people who drink it for its virtues has increased.