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A leading voice in Yame
Takaki san was born in 1973 in Hoshino Village, Yame (Fukuoka prefecture). He graduated from Yame High School and studied business and management for 7 years at Vancouver, Canada. As the first son of Takaki Green Tea Farm he naturally took over his family business in 1999 from his father. His dynamism, the excellence of his products and love of his area have raised Takaki san to the position of leading voice among young tea producers in the Yame area. His green tea has won some of the highest national awards during the recent years and many will follow in the coming years we are sure of that !
100 years expertise
An incredible knowledge of the "terroir"
Takaki san's own words: "We
believe that the foundation of making excellent tea is more than anything
else in making good soil. We encourage the making of soil using traditional
organic fertilizer and compost. We are committed to obtain a gentle mild
gyokuro cultivation in particular, we started cultivation 100 years ago and
high-grade tea is our area of expertise. Even in pest control, we are working
on special cultivation that requires only a minimum of chemical spraying.
addition, we are also working on cultivating green tea for exporting to
Europe. We cultivate tea based on the same standards as those approved in the
EU, which are several times more strict than the Japanese agricultural
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 TAKAKI SAN
Rarest among the rare gyokuro
from our 100-years-old tea plantation has a deep taste that brings out its
long history. Even in Hoshino village that boasts the largest production of
Gyokuro in Japan, our traditional breed "Dentou Hongyokuro" is very
rare and its taste is clearly distinct from other gyokuro.
blending “Tousui” cultivar, that has naturally a strong umami taste like all
gyokuro, and the “Oku midori” cultivar that possesses a rich taste, we were
able to develop a deep and unique flavor that cannot be found anywhere else.
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