The horrific images of the 2011 tsunami might be still fresh in your memory, but Japan has already observed the second anniversary of that tragedy on 3/11/13. As you may remember, in 2011 one of the largest earthquakes ever-recorded in Japan struck its eastern region and left indescribable destruction. Tens of thousands of people lost their family, property, and business; and many of them still live in the temporary housing even two years later.
Amid a slow-pace recovery and tremendous challenges, the survivors are showing their amazing tenacity to rebuild their lives from scratch. Here’s Mr. Sato who lost his home and business in the tsunami, now starting his new business “Kesennuma Mulberry Tea”.
Mulberry tea is produced from the leaves of the mulberry tree which are known to have many health benefits. The leaves contains high levels of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium; and it is typically used to relieve constipation, coughs, colds, and anemia. The Sato family is pushing forward this health-beneficial tea, and the farmers are working together in Kesennuma city, Miyagi, Japan.
Mrs. Sato came to Seattle to attend the event, “Shout Out to Japan – Cheers from Seattle”, which was held on March 10, 2013. A sampling demo was also held at Uwajimaya Japanese Supermarket prior to the event.
Sugimoto America was given the wonderful opportunity to volunteer for them. We were so touched by the warm welcome from the store staffs and shoppers. Many people stopped by our table, greeted us and tried the tea. The Sato family hopes that their Mulberry tea will launch in the US market in the future.
Kesennuma Mulberry Tea Website http://www.kesennuma-kuwacha.com/
Update: You can now find Kesennuma Mulberry Leaf Powder available on our website! It is very delicious as a tea on its own or as an ingredient in smoothies or health shakes.