On April 27, the tea field was covered with beautiful young leaves and ready for harvest.
Maestro Sugimoto was a bit concerned about the weather since it looked like it could rain anytime. If rained, green tea cannot be harvested since wet leaves would affect steaming time, flavor and everything else.
Fortunately, the sky kept holding up for the entire morning and harvest was done successfully. Gathered leaves had to go through different processes immediately while they were still fresh and not oxidized. Maestro Sugimoto invited ten Temomi artisans for this occasion. It took about 8 hours from picking of leaves to the final product.

Temomi (hand-kneading) is vanishing technique in Japan. It is a long process and requires strength to perform hours of kneading. Temomi masters hope that young people carry on this tradition from generation to generation.

We are very pleased to introduce this special tea to the US consumers.
Temomi was shipped out from our factory yesterday and it’s on its way to Seattle.
It will be sent out to our customers during the first and second week of May.
Thank you for waiting.

The bright fields of first flush tea leaves wait under a cloudy sky to be picked and made into Temomi Shincha, a special handmade Japanese green tea

Farmers carefully pick young leaves.
A Temomi tea artisan carefully picks first flush Japanese green tea leaves to create handmade Japanese Temomi Shincha Tea

Gathered tea leaves in a basket
The fresh first flush Japanese green tea leaves are shown here in a basket waiting to be steamed and then handrolled into Japanese Temomi Shincha Tea

Tea leaves being steamed.
The fresh first flush Japanese green tea leaves are shown getting steamed before being handrolled into Japanese Temomi Shincha Tea

Temomi artisans letting moisture escape quickly.
The fresh first flush Japanese green tea leaves are shown being handrolled into Japanese Temomi Shincha Tea

Different kneading technique is applied at each phase.
The fresh first flush Japanese green tea leaves are shown being handrolled into Japanese Temomi Shincha Tea

Ten Temomi artisans were invited to make this special tea.
The fresh first flush Japanese green tea leaves are shown being handrolled into Japanese Temomi Shincha Tea

How amazing each tea leaf is shaping into a roll.
The fresh first flush Japanese green tea leaves are shown being handrolled into Japanese Temomi Shincha Tea

Final drying process is crutial.
The fresh first flush Japanese green tea leaves are shown being handrolled into Japanese Temomi Shincha Tea

Temomi Shin Cha is completed!
The fresh first flush Japanese green tea leaves are shown being handrolled into Japanese Temomi Shincha Tea

Temomi Shin Cha 2011
The final product of needle like fresh Temomi Shincha, a handmade Japanese green tea

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