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A trip to follow Japanese tea.

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A trip to follow Japanese tea.
  • Jeremy
    Jeremy
    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.

  • The face only possible to be seen when the five senses are stimulated.

    The face only possible to be seen when the five senses are stimulated.

    Jeremy arrives in Japan from Canada to study his all-time-favorite Japanese tea before entering college. He has loved Japanese tea ever since he was a kid and has a dream of becoming a Japanese tea professional in Canada. Our staff suggest he tries one of the teas from a vending machine. He must have liked it so much that his face looks as if his five senses are stimulated which has led him to enter into the world of nothing.


    Kansai International Airport
    1, Senshukukonaka, Izumisano city, Osaka
  • Tea ceremony experience in the popular Kiyomizudera-sando!

    Tea ceremony experience in the popular Kiyomizudera-sando!

    To look for teas from all over Japan, Jeremy decides to visit Kyoto. He arrives in Ninenzaka, Kiyomizudera-sando, to visit "Camellia" for a tea ceremony experience. The lesson costs 2,000 yen for 45 minutes (with snacks) and because it's provided in English it is popular among foreigners. He's so curious, so many questions to ask!


    What kind of food is "Ochazuke"?

    What kind of food is

    To feel more like Japanese Jeremy purchases a yukata and strolls along Ninenzaka again. He stops at a restaurant and stares at the menu, apparently he's been interested in eating "Ochazuke". Though it isn't in the menu the restaurant has kindly made it for him. *"Ochazuke" is a bowl of rice filled with Japanese tea. Most of Japanese eat it at the end of the meal.


    Tea ceremony experience, Camellia
    349-12, Masuya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
  • Taste like chocolate? The sweet that represents Japan.

    Taste like chocolate? The sweet that represents Japan.

    On day 2 Jeremy visits Uji which is famous for it's tea production. On the way to the destination he finds a tea dumpling shop "Ujigawamochi honten" and buys a matcha dumpling and Houjicha dumpling (50 yen each). He likes them so much he wants to buy some more but there's only 24 yen left in his wallet... But he doesn't give up, he borrows 1,000 yen from one of the staff!


    Ujigawamochi honten
    180-4, Ujimyoraku, Uji city, Kyoto
  • Ishiusu matcha making experience.

    Ishiusu matcha making experience.

    Jeremy arrives at his destination, a traditional tea shop with a history of 226 years. Here you can experience to make matcha with ishiusu and taste it by yourself (1,296 yen). Matcha is made from dried tea leaves, tencha, and they are milled using ishiusu. Only the tea powders for making 2 cups of matcha (3 grams) is made milling for 15 minutes! Learning how hard it is to make matcha.


  • Another Japanese tea learning foreigner!

    Another Japanese tea learning foreigner!

    While strolling the town of Uji we bump into Tobi-san who we followed for the show in the past. Tobi-san is from Switzerland and he married into the family who owns one of the oldest tea shops in Japan, "Mitsuboshien-Kanbayashisannyu-Honten". He is working at the shop as the 17th heir-to-be of. Jeremy is so touched with the delicious taste of the matcha Tobi-san has made.


    Learning how hard growing tea leaves can be!

    Learning how hard growing tea leaves can be!

    Tobi-san kindly brings us to Yamamoto-san's tea farm to see the growing tea leaves. Tea leaves can get bitter when they are photosynthesized so Yamamoto-san has covered the entire farm with sheets and straws to block out sunlight. Jeremy is again touched with a very complex, unique process.


    Thank you to the whole family, until next time!

    Thank you to the whole family, until next time!

    Tobi-san takes Jeremy to his favorite bakery for some breads made with Japanese tea. Jeremy seems to have learned the greatest things about the tea in Uji, and that it’s also great for eating. Saying good-bye to the family of "Mitsuboshien-Kanbayashisannyu-Honten" and Jeremy starts his journey again towards the home of tea, Shizuoka prefecture! To be continued!


    Mitsuboshien-Kanbayashisannyu-Honten
    27-2, Ujirenge, Uji city, Kyoto

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