Today, it was so cold.
But, Plum blossom.
I had Beni-Kan-bai/紅寒梅, Japanese flavered tea.
This year's tea was so fresh !
This tea leaves were used Yamagiri no Kaori by Umegashima.
Thank you.


The hedge tea trees/ 畦畔茶

 Old days,  about from 1800 to 1965, in Tama, Tokyo,
in each household, growing tea trees and making sencha tea.
I heard that there is a place where saved the original landscape of the past.Then I went to see the hedge tea trees/ 畦畔茶.
This pict's tea tree was used as the hedge.
 The house is located in the here from 600 years ago.
This pict is fields of rice.
This tea trees were used as a separator of fields.
In the fieldChinese cabbages were planted.
And citrus trees, sudachi, lemon, tangerine, and kabosu.
These trees separated the field and the  walkway.

These trees separated the field and the warehouse.
In Spring, People harvested tea leaves.
And the tea leaves were steamed.
This process was called "kill green leaves/ 青葉殺し"
Then they knead steamed leaves at Hoiro/ ホイロ.
The harvested tea leaves were not made tea.
The leaves were stored glory hole underground.

 There were some silkies/ 烏骨鶏.
Thank you.


Sencha tea at Tochizawa/ 栃沢

I went to have sencha tea at Sansui tea estate/ 山水園.
At 3rd February, it was Setsubun.
 Setsubun means “the day between two seasons”.
People celebrate Setsubun with Hiiragi-iwashi and beans.
 Hiiragi-iwashi is a holly sprig with a baked sardine's head.
People put Hiiragi-iwashi at their door on Setsubun to ward off evil spirits.

The tea was "Drop of Mist/ 霧の露"
Beautiful green leaves.
Sansui tea estate is in in Tochizawa, Shizioka.
And we went to Ooma/ 大間.
At the veranda, we had tea ,rice cake and more.
Japanese afternoon tea.
 Thank you for all.


Sun rise with tea

A cup of babaocha of 春風秋月 in this morning.
At Yui/ 由比 in Shizuoka.


Oolong tea

A cup of Oolong tea with ciffon cake of black beans.
This tea was made by Yamasen in Shizuoka, Makinohara.
2012's tea was better than 2011'.
Thank you.