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KOSUKE NAKAYAMA

A well-known figure in Higashi-Sonogi

The  tea factory of Nakayama family has been in operations for 70 years in Higashi  Sonogi. Their tea fields cover about 600 ha. The Nakayama family is strongly  committed in favor of practicing an environment-friendly agriculture.

To  preserve their land and its soil, they use only organic fertilizers that  they prepare themselves.   To fight  against a failing domestic demand for green tea, the Nakayama family works  hard to  improve communication and  build partnerships with other tea farmers as well as actors in other  industries.

They organize regularly workshops about green tea and wish to  make their area better known overseas.

AWARDS

Nakayama san's tea won the Award of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

THE hIGASHI-SONOGI REGION

Over 500 years of tea history

Higashi  Sonogi has a long history of growing tea that stretches back over 500 years. In the Edo period (17th Century), Lord Omura organized the  cultivation of tea fields, laying the groundwork for today’s industry. 

This  tea was first brought to the outside world in the mid-19th Century by a woman  merchant, Oura Kei of Nagasaki, who was able to export the tea with the help  of a British trader. 

Higashi Sonogi is the largest producer of tea in Nagasaki. 

The rows of stone terraces built by early farmers for growing  tea combined with the views of Omura Bay create a breathtaking, uniquely  Japanese landscape.
The  produce of the land, including tea, oranges, rice, and vegetables has been  tended by generations of the same families.

Nakao  Village in Higashi Sonogi  is a rural tea-farming community. The land of Nakao Village is located in a belt of hills which  were created by volcanic activity long ago. It is at an elevation of around  250 meters, with Omura Bay to the southwest, Mount Kokuzo to the north, and  Mount Tara to the south. 

The valley in which the villagers reside was cut  into this rock by the Sonogi River. The foothills of the mountains are often  shrouded in fog, with warm afternoons and cool nights, which is perfect for  growing tea.

WONDERFUL HOSTS

promoting Higashi Sonogi tea

Nakayama san is also the Chairman of the Association and a founder of Higashi Sonogi’s Green Tea Tourism movement. He once played in a band and can often be found performing and singing at town events. Through this association it is possible to be hosted by local families and also get to try tea related activities. 

Nakayama san and his wife Setsuko are among the hosts and you can enjoy getting to know both of them should you be able to visit them. If you are interested in enjoying a homestay in this beautiful area, you can read more here.

tHE TEAS oF NAKAYAMA SAN

only 2 percent of tea production in Japan

The leaves of “Sonogi Tea” are kept whole and rolled to gather up each leaf. This process, which makes a type of tea called “Tamaryokucha (Steamed Rolled Tea)”, borrows from traditional tea roasting methods which came to Japan from China and Korea. This method reduces the bitterness of the tea leaves for a smoother finish. 

Young tea leaves prepared this way unfold slowly when steeped in a teapot, bringing out a sweetness, rich flavors and aromas that everyone enjoy. 

The blends prepared by Nakayama san contain a lot of amino acids. These levels are achieved by covering the new shoots of the tea trees, and using the sweet cultivar “Sae midori”.

HIGH GRADE
SHIRAORE
IKKI
100 Gr (3.53Oz) : $
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HIGH GRADE
TAMA RYOKUCHA
ISAO
50 Gr (1.76Oz) : $
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