I am fascinated by tea, especially Japanese tea, and though I am French, I have been living in Japan since 2005.
In 2009 I became the first French person to obtain the title of Japanese Tea Instructor (日本茶インストラクター).
Most people are still unaware of the depth and diversity of Japanese tea, so in order to provide reliable, accurate information, I began publishing a blog in French called “Sommelier en Thé Japonais,” in other words, “Japanese Tea Sommelier.” At the same time I was hired as a salesman in a Maruyama-en specialty boutique.
In 2010, a much more exciting adventure began: the online Thés du Japon (Teas-of-Japan) boutique was launched and I was placed in charge of choosing the teas for it. While I select great classic teas for the boutique, I also try to introduce unusual Japanese teas, made from rare cultivars and processed using uncommon methods.
Finally, to spread information on Japanese tea more broadly, I am launching this blog in English today.
It will contain reports, reviews, historical articles and more general information on types of tea, manufacturing processes, etc. Many of the entries are articles from the French blog that have been translated by Mary Baker.
I hope you will enjoy reading them!