YOUR BEST CHOICE FOR JAPANESE GREEN TEA
Enduring To Maintain A 60-Year Tea Legacy
Chisako Mizota san was born in Fukuoka prefecture in 1937. She got married at age of 19 and began to farm green tea. She worked hard every day, even when it was rainy or windy. The couple decided to open a tiny tea shop.
After her husband won the top prize of the All Japan Green Tea Competition, a government award, their green tea became a sensation throughout all Japan.
Mizota san had three children, two girls and one boy, however, she lost her son when he was 29. In the long run, her grandsons keep alive the tradition they inherited. To this day, Mizota san still sells her green tea.
A FAMILY STORY
From Bare Land To The Top
Tea Plantation Beginnings (1965)
A break during hand picking
Receiving the ministry award
Proudly showing the award
All Japan Green Tea Competition : First, Second, Third places
Tea plantation competition of Yame city : All Prize
All Kyushu Green Tea Competition : First place
THE YAME REGION
An ideal climate
The most renowned plantations in Fukuoka prefecture are located in Yame area. Yame City is in a vast expanse of plain in Chikushi Region (Chikushi Plain) in the south of Fukuoka Prefecture.
Chikushi Plain is blessed with an ideally wonderful climate and fertile soil conditions for agricultural production.
In particular, the area ranging from Chikugo River basin to Yabe River basin (called as Yame Region) has produced green tea for centuries.
Thanks to the area's particular soil, most of the green tea produced in this region has a full-bodied taste and a remarkable sweetness.
Morning mists and river fogs are very frequent. Curtains of fog wrap green tea plantations, properly blocking sunlight.
This helps generating more amino acids (including theanine, glutamic acid, arginine, etc.) within the tea leaves.
addition, Yame enjoys an inland climate－high temperature during daytime and very low temperatures at
the region receives an annual rainfall of 1,600 mm to 2,400 mm. These
features are ideal for green tea production.
LAND OF THE GYOKURO
Highest grade in Japan
Yame Region is proud of its top production amount of gyokuro (Highest Quality). As much as 45% of all gyokuro available on Japanese market comes from Yame Region. That is the reason Yame is famous and known as one of the few production places of highest quality green tea in Japan.
Yame Gyokuro won Best Prize in the All Japan Green Tea Competition for 12 consecutive years from 2001 to 2012, as well as in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, Yame Green Tea won Best Prize in the sections of both Green Tea (Middle Grade) and Gyokuro Green Tea (Highest Grade).
Yame Green Tea took the all the places from the 1st place to
the 26th place in the Gyokuro Competition Section,
showing its overwhelming
excellence over green teas produced in other regions in Japan.
THE TEAS OF MISATO SAN
First Choice Selection
The teas of Mrs. Mizota are the inheritage of several generations of hard work in order to teach the top. Even though their tea became famous in Japan, their philosophy and motto has always been making great tea available to everyone. We could feel that when we were served Mizota's tea for the first time in her shop, her kindness and humility are inspiring !
Unoike Sencha is fully loaded with umami and has the highest scale of sweetness. It can be rebrewed easily several times and still keep its balance. Another favorite of ours !
Yame Tea In Your Bag !
Green Tea from Yame and Japanese Traditions - a Perfect Combination! Mizota san's company, Unoike Seicha, is delighted to introduce a new line of premium green tea bags, starting with the « Japanese Traditions Characters» collection.
Samurai, sumo wrestler, geisha, ninja, kabuki actor: these typical Japanese symbols are brought together to serve you 5 delicious cups of sencha from Yame prefecture.
Convenient to carry and prepare at your office or during your travels, this collection is also a very nice take-away souvenir from Japan. Come back and discover new collections, only available on IKKYU!
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