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In 1942 the first generation Eiyu Nagayama established the Nagayama tea factory, the second generation Nagayama Akira cleared up forests and expanded our fields.
After that, Akio Nagayama commited to continue improving our tea quality. And now, the 4th generation through the efforts of Nagayama Kazuhiro, we have been certfied JGAP and ISO9001.
We are located in Ei-Cho at the southern tip of the Satsuma Peninsula in Kagoshima Prefecture, the annual average temperature is 17 ° C and the climate is mild.
Our tea plant is located in a mountain above 250 meters in altitude with morning and evening fog, day and night temperature difference, wet soil and moderate solar radiation, is the ideal natural environment for tea trees.
Rich soil and vibrant colors
View to the sea
Preparing the next generation
An unmatched variety
Thanks to its mild climate, in
addition to the widely known
Yabukita, the region grows a
large scope of tea cultivars:
the rich Yutaka Midori with its
intense aroma and high levels of
cathecin, the bright and sweet
Sae Midori with its nice smell and
high contents of theanin and
amino acid, as well as the rare
Asatsuyu, known as the “natural
Gyokuro”, with its fragrant
aroma and thick sweetness.
Covering 3,454 hectares and
with four crops a year, this
region is the largest producer of
green tea in Japan.
THE cHIRAN REGION
First harvest in japan
Chiran tea is exceptional thanks to the remarkable
combination of the unique geography and climate of
Earth, water, wind: all elements
have come together in this region to create different tea
cultivars of the highest quality.
Chiran tea trees thrive between the sea and steep
mountains, under the shadow of active volcanoes, in a
warm and humid climate where Southern Pacific winds
Because of this mild climate, Chiran's Shincha (first harvest) is the first in Japan, almost one month before other regions of Japan.
Tea trees grow better in such a rich soil, tea leaves absorb these elements and restitute them in a deeply satisfying and exquisite beverage, with a rich and delicious taste.
It is no wonder then that Minamikyushu is suffused with green.
Nature has spared no efforts and has painted this region with the widest range of greens: an emerald sea, vibrant tea trees and lush mountain slopes bathed in ardent sunlight spell a wondrous enchantment on all who see them.
tEA OF THE SAMURAI
A long tradition of tea farming
Chiran tea is the result of the common efforts of
three long-established tea communities
located in Minamikyushu, Kagoshima.
Ei, Kawanabe and Chiran
communities have a long and
deeply rooted history with tea,
starting in Kawanabe in 1659 by Samurai families (you can still visit samurai houses in Chiran).
Today, 845 producers
supply 129 factories with
a large scope of cultivars.
Their work and dedication
to making the nest grade
of tea are recognized by the
number of awards that Chiran
tea has received in prefecture
and nation-wide competitions
(116 by the end of 2014).
Making good use of the exceptional climate
blessing the region, the producers are steadily
giving more and more importance to growing
more delicate, but tastier and healthier,
tea cultivars such as Sae Midori and
tHE TEAS OF NAGAYAMA SAN
Tea leaves grown in such rich natural environment contain plenty of umami ingredients, and by adding an extra care in our steaming process by deep-steaming (longer steaming time for the tea leaves) we considerably suppress it's astringency and maximize the aroma and umami. Our teas are mild and rich, have a try, and send us your comments !
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