In June, Japan enters the rainy season, and the weather continues to be unsettled. However, the beauty of hydrangea in the rain is one of the unique pleasures of this season.
Today, we would like to introduce Japanese tea, which is becoming popular all over the world.
Shizuoka tea, grown here in Shizuoka, is one of the three most famous teas in Japan, along with Uji tea and Sayama tea.
The history of tea production in Shizuoka dates back to the middle of the Kamakura era (1185-1333) when tea seeds introduced from China were first cultivated. Later, in the Meiji era (1868-1912), the cultivation of tea fields spread, and tea became widely popular as distribution channels both domestically and internationally developed, such as the export of tea to foreign countries through the Port of Shimizu, which opened in 1899.
Japanese tea is harvested about three times a year, and the harvest starts around April when the first tea is harvested, and peaks in June when the second tea is harvested.
There are some tea farms where you can participate in the tea picking experience during this time.
Japanese tea is not only enjoyable for its taste and aroma but is also rich in healthful ingredients such as catechins (antioxidant effect to sterilize) and vitamin C (preventing colds).
Shizuoka Prefecture has always ranked high in the rankings for longevity in Japan, and it is said that this is because people in Shizuoka drink Japanese tea daily.
It may be the perfect drink to spend the rainy season comfortably.