Interviews and coverage about tea producing area and Japanese art craft.
– Shizuoka, Mariko I : Sugiyama Yaeho
Coverage in Mariko (Shizuoka) where grow the very rare early cultivar Sugiyama Yaeho.
– Encounter in Tokoname I : Shôryû : “my teapots are my treasures”
Encounter with Tojoname-yaki potter, Shôryû.
– Banko-yaki, visit to Yokkaichi
Visit to potters in Yokkaichi, one of the most famous japanese kyusu tea pot artcraft area.
– Landscape in Tamakawa
Tamakawa is a mountainous area of Shizuoka, which is part of the famous Hon.yama tea producing area.
– Bizen-yaki, the works of Nobuhara Katsushi
About the Bizen-yaki artist Nobuhara Katsushi
– From Roppongi to Bizen
On the history of Bizen-yaki
– Interview of genious tea grower Akiyama Katsuhide
Interview of this genious tea farmer using more than 40 cultuvars
– Exceptional teas from Kirishima
One year ago I had the pleasure of spending a wonderful day in Makizono, Kirishima city, Kagoshima prefecture right in the middle of the shincha period.
– Tales about japanese tea cultivars at the foot of (an invisible!) Mt. Fuji
It is a gorgeous November day, over 20°C (68°F) with a beautiful blue sky; the only clouds I can see are those maliciously hiding Mt. Fuji. I am in the valleys in the countryside around Fuji City, visiting Akiyama Katsuhide, many of whose teas I present in my selection.
– Interview with Hiruma Yoshiaki : Innovation and the Fragrance of Tea at Saitama
The brilliant tea producer from Saitama Prefecture, Hiruma Yoshiaki 比留間嘉章, agreed to answer my questions. Always among the winners in competitions, a hand-rolling (temomi 手揉み) artist, he is renowned for his senchas produced using a wilting technique that creates fragrance new to Japan.