About Miyazakien

 

Miyazakien, who is it? where is it?

The tea garden of Miyazakien
The tea garden of Miyazakien

Miyazakien is a Japanese tea garden with a long history. From the late Edo period, Miyazakien  has inherited its tea cultivating and producing over 190 years. The garden is located in Nukata town, Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, Mikawa region, Japan. We ourselves have cultivated and processed the Japanese green tea.

Atsushi in New York, in March, 2014
Atsushi in New York, in March, 2014

The current head of the family is Atsushi UMEMURA,  the sixth generation of UMEMURA. Took over the family business from his grandfather and father, not only in Japan, Atsushi flies around the world such as Hong Kong, Macau, and New York, to spread the world of Japanese tea.

Miyazakien use a clean water gushing from Mount Hongū which was the subject of faith for a long time at the local, the concept of “leave of nature”, a native species to enter the hand in the Mount Hongū neighborhood, “Hongu” species of tea, “the hand not remove the hand without the addition of”, we have grown in natural farming that take advantage of the life force of the tea plant. Of course, any pesticide is not used (JAS certificated in the JAS, Japanese agricultural Standard, organic farming certification system), it has been brought up only in the organic fertilizer.

In a department store
In a department store

In Miyazakien, we only use the best of best tea leaves, the first flash of every year for our “Ichiban-cha.” We carefully treat the tea plant, and we strive to maintain and improve the tea of taste and quality. From over 190 years before, we have produced and wholesaled our own Japanese green tea. From the primary garden master, Kiroku UMEMURA, we have kept our traditional Japanese tea production, taking advantage of the wisdom and experience of tea-making, over a period of time in every one single step, carefully mind and finished in thoughtful product.

How we respect the quality of our products

Miyazakicha, a uniquely Japanese tradition, has a history that dates back to the age Japanese of civil wars. Clear spring water in the small tranquil town of Nukata (額田), provides the rich lifeblood of our tea plants. As much as possible, we strive not to corrupt the purity of that lifeblood with human hands, and our cultivation process is as true to untouched nature as we can make it.
We pride ourselves on only picking first-grade tea every year, to maintain and improve its quality and promote sustainably.
Miyazakien (宮ザキ園) has a rich history of producing quality Japanese tea leaves, a tradition dating back to 1820 and that continues today. Every individual step in the cultivation process is given our utmost care and respect for nature, to produce the highest quality tea leaves that we can be proud of.

The history of Miyazaki tea

Miyazakien, located in the old Nukata Miyazaki district in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Tea of this district, called as “Miyazaki tea,” through Showa from the Meiji Era, had been at one of the three major refined teas as of “Kawane” tea and “Uji” tea,  and being famous across the country.

Miyazaki district is located in the mountainous area. Tea gardens in this district use clean water of Otogawa River, issued from a Mount Hongū. We have been blessed with the wind blowing through the valley of Mikawa. For this reason, this neighborhood is a historic district, which has inherited the cultivation and processing of tea from before about 400 years.  In this neighborhood, a tea cultivation had been recommended by the Shogun Ieyasu TOKUGAWA for the health care of farmers and samurai. Ieyasu commanded to let the people of this district use Japanese tea as annual tribute tax  instead of rice.

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