Shizuoka prefecture, the largest and best tea growing region of Japan, has a long history of presenting tea to the Emperor. The Shizuoka prefectural government carefully selects one city to grow tea plants and create Temomi green tea (hand-rolled green tea) exclusively for the Imperial House every spring.

This year, our Shimada city was selected, and our tea master- Kazue Sugimoto received the honorable invitation to make Temomi green tea for the Japanese Imperial Family.  Here’s the pictures just arrived from Shizuoka. The best Temomi green tea masters were gathered to produce this special tea yesterday.

How Imperial Japanese Green Tea is madeFor the tribute tea, one of the best tea fields in Yui (湯日) district of Shimada city was selected.The tea plants were grown with extreme care for a year.

How Imperial Japanese Green Tea is madeThe tea field gets blessing before the harvest.

How Imperial Japanese Green Tea is madeBest young tea leaves were carefully hand-picked by ladies wearing the traditional Cha-Musume (茶娘) costume.

How Imperial Japanese Green Tea is madePremium tea leaves that were grown and picked exclusively for the Imperial House

How Imperial Japanese Green Tea is madeMaiko (舞妓) added grace to the ceremony.

How Imperial Japanese Green Tea is madeTemomi artisans working with solemnity

How Imperial Japanese Green Tea is madeTemomi masters swiftly working on the tea at the traditional platform called “Hoiro (焙炉).”  Hoiro has fire underneath to dry tea leaves.

IMG_4532Tea leaves were gradually dried and rolled into a shape like a needle.

How Imperial Japanese Green Tea is madeOur Temomi Master, Kazue Sugimoto

How Imperial Japanese Green Tea is madeThe final process of Temomi technique called “Kokuri (こくり).  ” Kokuri finalizes the shape of tea leaves and enhances leaves’ brilliancy.

IMG_4553This is the premium Temomi green tea exclusively created for the Imperial House.  This tea will presented to the Emperor by the end of May.

 

Kazue Sugimoto will produce Temomi Shin Cha again on April 16th, and the limited quantity of this special Temomi green tea is available for purchase online.

 

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