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A trip to follow Japanese tea.Part2

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A trip to follow Japanese tea.Part2
  • Jeremy
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    canDreaming of becoming a Japanese tea professional!
    Jeremy arrives in Japan from Canada to study his all-time-favorite Japanese tea before entering college. He has a dream of becoming a Japanese tea professional in Canada.

A trip to follow Japanese tea.Part2

  • Off to the home of Japanese tea, Shizuoka!

    Off to the home of Japanese tea, Shizuoka!

    20-year-old Canadian, Jeremy, who enjoyed a tea ceremony and making matcha in the last chapter of his trip, is visiting Shizuoka, the home of Japanese tea this time! His first destination is Higashiyama, Kakegawa city.


    Reacting to the word "茶", tea in kanji.

    Reacting to the word

    Jeremy finds the word "茶", tea in kanji, on his way to Higashiyama. Apparently this is the only kanji he can read. The shop sells taiyaki with Kakegawa-matcha knead into the dough (150 yen). He seems to be very interested as this is his first time to see taiyaki, and enjoys it especially the smell of matcha.


  • Spending 3 days at a tea farm to experience the Japanese tea making.

    Spending 3 days at a tea farm to experience the Japanese tea making.

    With the help of kind people he has been referred to a farm where he can spend 3 days to experience the Japanese tea making. The Matsuura's has a 100 year of tea making history and owns about 10,600 tsubo of tea farm.


    Experiencing the joy of Japanese tea.

    Experiencing the joy of Japanese tea.

    The farm work starts immediately and Jeremy is headed to the tea farm. After an hour of heavy work he gets to rest with the tea that was harvested from the farm. He is slowly getting to know how hard tea making can be but seems to be enjoying the feeling of exhaustion.


    Very rare tea leaves tempura!

    Very rare tea leaves tempura!

    The work for the day is completed and Jeremy heads back to the house of Matsuura's. He tastes the tempura of tea leaves with matcha mixed salt which he can't experience in Canada, super excited!


    This might be a heaven for him.

    This might be a heaven for him.

    On day 2 Jeremy helps the family in the tea farm all day. Because he loves Japanese food the mixture of beautiful food and tea seems to be making him very happy.


    Super luxury tea! What is the tea drunk by the Emperor?

    Super luxury tea! What is the tea drunk by the Emperor?

    Jeremy receives a surprise from Matsuura-san with the tea that was presented to the Emperor this year. It is over 10,000 yen per 100g and he is so hesitant to take it because he is just a young boy who isn't actually the Emperor. But Matsuura-san insists and Jeremy finally tastes it...look at his face!


    Swearing to come back to his new family in Japan.

    Swearing to come back to his new family in Japan.

    Although Jeremy has had an amazing experience 3 days wasn't enough to learn the whole thing. He says goodbye to Matsuura's swearing that he would come back to Japan. It may have been the two biggest benefits earned in Japan, the tea making experience and getting a new Japanese family.


    Higashiyama, Kakegawa city, Shizuoka prefecture

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