Notification of the Passing of our 5th Representative

On 19th August, 2019, Yoshimasa UMEMURA, the 5th representative of Miyazakien, passed away at the age of 71.

We would like to express our deep gratitude for all your kindness to him during his life.

The memorial vigil and funeral will be carried out as follows.

6th Representative of Miyazakien Atsushi UMEMURA

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The memorial vigil: 21st August, 2019 19:00- at JA Aichi Mikawa Tenshoen

The funeral : 22nd August, 2019 10:00- at JA Aichi Mikawa Tenshoen

 JA Aichi Mikawa Tenshoen
 Address  Shimmei, Okacho, Okazaki city, Aichi Pref 444-0005
 Tel +81-564-54-6891

中日農業賞を受賞しました

このたび,宮ザキ園の代表,梅村篤志が,中日新聞社が主催する中日農業賞優秀賞をいただきました。平成最後の年,愛知県内からは唯一の受賞者となりました。嬉しい限りです。受賞のことは,翌日2日の中日新聞朝刊にも掲載していただきました。関係者の皆様,ありがとうございました。

中日農業賞優秀賞表彰状
中日農業賞優秀賞表彰状

中日農業賞は,1940(昭和15)年から,中部9県(愛知、岐阜、三重、静岡、長野、富山、石川、福井、滋賀)で新しい農業と地域振興に取り組む青年農業者などに贈る中日新聞社が創設した歴史のある賞とのことです。現在は高齢化や後継者不足を背景に青年農業者を対象に選定されており,今回が第78回。

宮ザキ園では,かつて全国的な銘茶の産地といわれた地元岡崎市(旧額田町)宮崎地区のお茶産業の復興を図るため,有機無農薬栽培(JAS認証)のお茶づくりや,国産紅茶「わ紅茶」の栽培・加工・販売に取り組んできた他,海外販路開拓にも積極的に挑戦してまいりました。いずれもまだまだ緒についたばかりの長い道程のほんの入口に居る段階ですが,こうして伝統ある賞に選んでいただいたことは大変光栄です。表彰状で,祖父のことに触れていただいたことにも大変感激しています。若輩者ですが,これからも農を通じた山村振興に尽力して参ります。

2019年3月1日第78回中日農業賞贈呈式にて
2019年3月1日第78回中日農業賞贈呈式にて

Featured in “Oishii”, an English-language Japanese food magazine in Singapore

Miyazakien is featured in “Oishii”, an English-language Japanese food magazine in Singapore

We have obtained the consent to translate the article and post it on this site.

Eat and rest well in the Aichi Highlands – 愛知高原でよく食べて,よく休んで

After a detox holiday in the countryside here, Aichikogen-Okumikawa, you’ll return feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

ここ,奥三河の愛知高原で休暇をすごせば,すばらしい休養となり,元気をもらえます。

Miyazakien Tea Garden and the Master , Atsushi UMEMURA
Miyazakien Tea Garden and the Master , Atsushi UMEMURA
Location map of Mikawa highlands in Aichi Prefecture in Japan
Location map of Mikawa highlands in Aichi Prefecture in Japan

Must-eats in Aichikogen-Okumikawa – あいち高原/奥三河で見逃せない食

Symbolic rice and miso come together as one in gohei-mochi; remember to try the region’s signature ayu fish too.

glazed gohei-mochi
glazed gohei-mochi

In Japanese cuisine, rice is more than a meal staple. Cultivated in Japan for 2,000 years, the grain also has much financial, historical and cultural significance. In the past, rice was used as a currency (or as tax money for farmers). Today, Japan’s most important crop isn’t only eaten during meals; it is used in a myriad products, from sakes to vinegars.

It’s no wonder that there’s the Otaue Matsuri or “rice field planting festival”. Celebrated in spring to mark the start of a new year, this sees the Japanese praying for a successful harvest. In some versions of the festival, seeds are planted in fields while in others, the planting process is acted out. Then, when autumn arrives, harvest festivals are held to give thanks, too.

Japanese rice, a short translucent grain that turns sticky when cooked, is grown in the country’s valleys, terraces and fields, with terraced rice plantations being one of the rarer sights. The Yotsuya Senmaida fields in Aichi Prefecture is famous for having more than 1,000 “steps” and produces the grains for some of the region’s signature rice cakes or gohei-mochi.

If you do visit Aichikogen-Okumikawa, have this as your main meal or as a snack. Resembling a big lollipop, this rice cake is grilled on a skewer and glazed with sesame or miso paste, or even topped with crushed walnuts. One of the traditional shops serving this is Matsuya, which has been around since 1935 and sells

grilled ayu fish skewers
grilled ayu fish skewers

300 gohei-mochi every day on weekends. Owner Yachie Maruyama pounds the rice by hand, uses a secret recipe for her miso paste and grills the cakes over a charcoal fire.

Miso paste is another example of a Japanese diet staple. Once reserved for nobles and monks, miso, which has health benefits like preventing gastric disorders and lowering blood pressure, is made from fermented soybeans. It is now most commonly used in soups that are best paired with steaming hot Japanese rice for a simple yet comforting meal, or on gohei-mochi as a sweet, robust seasoning.

Besides miso-paste gohei-mochi, Aichikogen-Okumikawa is known for the freshwater ayu fish, which can be eaten at restaurants like Chiyohimeso. A skewer is pierced into the fish mouth and through its body before it is cooked over charcoal. Although ayu fish can be stewed in soya sauce and sugar, the locals like it best grilled in its own deliciously briny oils. We can’t agree more. –>

Meet the Game Changers ゲームチェンジャーに会う

Atsushi Umemura, Miyazakien 宮ザキ園 梅村篤志

This dapper 39-year-old looks nothing like a traditional tea farmer. Not surprising since Umemura, the sixth-generation owner of the Miyazakien tea house that has been around since 1820, wants to modernise the art of tea drinking .

こちらの粋な39歳の男性,伝統的な茶農家のイメージとはかけ離れている。だが,それも当然だ。1820年ごろに創業した宮ザキ園の6代目園主,梅村氏は,茶芸の近代化を目指している。

Atsushi UMEMURA, Miyazakien 宮ザキ園 梅村篤志
Atsushi UMEMURA, Miyazakien 宮ザキ園 梅村篤志
How different is Miyazakien from other tea businesses in Japan? 宮ザキ園は日本国内の他の茶園とどのように違うのか。

We are unusual in how we see through the entire process, from processing the tea to selling the leaves wholesale and even serving tea on our premises. In 2006, we also became the first organic tea farm in Aichi Prefecture.

お茶の加工から茶葉の卸売販売,そして当園でお茶を飲んでいただく喫茶部門(「一匙(ひとさじ)」)の併設まで、私たちはお茶に関わる全過程で他とは違った珍しい取り組みをしています。私達は2006年に愛知県で最初の有機茶の認証農場となりました。

How do you attract new customers? どのように新しい顧客を開拓されていますか?

As a wholesaler, we usually supply our products to businesses elsewhere but I want people to come visit us directly instead. So, on the second level of our teahouse, we conduct experiential workshops like flower arrangement lessons.

お茶の供給業者としては一般的な,事業者様向けの茶の卸売販売もしていますが,最近は特に,当園を直接訪れてくださる方を大切にしたいと考えています。ですので,「一匙(ひとさじ)」の二階で,華道のレッスンのようなお茶の体験ワークショップを開催しています。

How else are you modernising your tea business? その他に変えてきた点は?

As a wholesaler, we can’t really change the style of our tea products too much. So, we try and serve tea in different new ways. For example, we sell houjicha flavoured shaved ice. This attracts long queues of customers, and we can sell about 100 bowls in a day. But with the shaved ice, we serve tea too, so customers can taste it and be encouraged to purchase our tea leaves. We also experiment with different ways of drinking tea: serving green tea in teacups with ice chips or in a wine decanter-inspired bottle and in wine glasses.

お茶の販売業者として,私達はお茶に必要以上に手を加えることをしたくありません。ですので,お茶を変えるのではなく,お茶に親しんでいただく方法を新たに提案しています。例えば,私どもはほうじ茶味のかき氷を販売しています。この商品は大変好評で,一日に百セットほど売れますが,かき氷を食べていただくことで,お客様に当園のお茶に接してもらう機会を作り出しています。かき氷を通じて当園のお茶の味を知ってもらい,茶葉をお買い求めいただくことにつながっています。他にも,お茶の飲み方でいろいろと試しています。例えば,緑茶を氷入りでお出ししたり,ワインデキャンターのようなボトルに詰めたお茶をワイングラスに注いで提供したりしています。

Miyazakien
8 Aino, Ishihara-cho, Okazaki City, Aichi 444-3601
Tel: 0564-83-2710

宮ザキ園
〒444-3601 愛知県岡崎市石原町相野
Tel:0564-83-2710

The last day of Okazaki Kakigori Kaido 2018 at Miyazakien Hitosaji

Mikawa became a nice weather, today. This is the last business day of “Okasaki Kakigori Kaido“at “Miyazakien Hitosaji” started on July 21st. The weather is very nice, so why don’t you come to “Miyazakien  Hitosaji” to enjoy the delicious Japanese shaved ice!

The “Okazaki Kakigori Kaido” is an event that some restaurant in Okazaki city participate. This year we are planning to roll out full-scale deployment from 2019 with the position as pre event. Miyazakien has brought out shaved ice of Matcha – Japanese green tea matcha, Hojicha – roasted Japanese green tea and Wakocha – Japanese black tea taste on the shaved ice . These tea is organic, cultivated in our organic field, and has been processed under control of Miyazakien which has over 100 years for tea business. Miyazakien got the opportunity to participate in this shaved ice event, remodeling the store, making a place where it was a warehouse until then, to make a shaving ice or an eat-in space where you can eat the delicious shaved ice with nice country side panorama.

宮ザキ園「一匙(ひとさじ)」の二階イートインスペース

Securing of shops, signboard making,  delicious water (Kanzui; water of very valuable ultra soft water to be a raw material of the ice), ice manufacturing special ice (An old historic company helps us to make ice  taking long-term to chill water and to make ice with high transparency), we got many advices and helps to survive this seasonal event. We got lots of customers day by day even we just open our shop only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in this Summer and Autumn.

ひとさじ看板と氷

The Kakigori kaido event at Miyazakien Hitosaji ends today in 2018 – although the event continues till 31st October officially.

Meet us at the Tea Festival 2018 in Owari-asahi

Hi, all!

On the coming October 21st (Sunday), Miyazakien will participate in the tea festival which will be held in Owariasahi city, Aichi Prefecture as last year. In the autumn excursion season, why don’t you enjoy this seasonal activity. The venue, Skyward Asahi, is a 20-minute walk from Meitetsu Owariasahi Station. There are a free shuttle bus from Owariasahi station to the Skyward.

Note

Name: The 7th Tea Festival in Owariasahi

Date and time: October 21, 2018 (Sunday) 10: 00-16: 00

Place: Aichi Prefecture Owariasahi City Skyward Asahi

P.S.  On that day, the shop of Miyazakien and Hitosaji will be closed temporarily.

Baicha school tea ceremony with Wakocha

This is a tea ceremony tool of the tea school, “Baicha”. “Baicha” is one of the schools of the Japanese tea ceremony, which a tea shop started.

It is one of the schools of the tea ceremony that we wanted to learn by all means as Miyazakien is also a tea trader.

This time, they used Miyazakien ‘s Wakocha, the Japanese black tea.
売茶流煎茶道具

It is Miyazakien ‘s Wakocha, the Japanese black tea which they brew.

New Year’s greetings

It is only 2 days to finish the year 2017. We have been indebted to everyone for this past year. Thank you once again.

Today is the last event opening in 2017 as Miyazakien. We have been selling our “Wa kocha” the Japanese black tea, “Hojicha” the Japanese roasted green tea, “Sencha” tea at “NEOPASA · Okazaki” (Okazaki Service Area on the new Tomei Expressway).

20171230ネオパーサ・岡崎出店

The location was changed from where we planned. The shop as you see in the photo was in the shop of Okazaki’s local products gathered at. Though the place was suddenly changed, but the shop staffs were so kind to us so our activity was so fulfilling.

20171230岡崎SAAlso, we are very glad that there were several customers who visit the store seeing the opening information on the Internet. Thank you so much for all of you always care.

This year, we participated in various events in local Okazaki, as well as temporal shop at department stores in Nagoya and Okazaki, developing sales channels abroad such as Malaysia and the UK, holding experiential events such as “Okazaki Suguremono Taikentai” experiences and full moon tea ceremonies, Organic JAS certification, etc. We would like to thank the people who have made your voice, the people who supported us.

Next year, we will step forward one step further while treating the accumulation so far. There are many issues such as utilization of the full-moon stage in our organic tea garden, expansion of our organic tea cultivation, needs of maintenance of our tea processing machines, enhancement of hospitality of those who came to our store. Also, new initiatives with local people are progressing steadily, We will show you some new products in the new year.

All the staff will continue their devotion and will continue on the road to become new Miyazakien which everyone loves.

Happy new year everyone! from All of the Miyakozakien staff

30th December, 2017

 

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[Notice] Meet us on 22nd October at Tea Festival in Owari Asahi city

[Notice] On 22nd, October, Miyazakien will open a temporal shop at a tea festival in the Oawari Asahi City. The tea festival is the biggest tea event in Japan that you can enjoy tea diversely at. During this festival, a lot of events such as the tea bazaar that you can buy world-wide and Japanese tea, the tea symposium, the tea experience, the tea seminar, the domestic black tea grand prix etc. are held.紅茶フェスティバル in 尾張旭 2017 ポスター

In Owari Asahi, there are 18 “delicious tea shops” stores which are approved by the Japan Tea Association as of June 2016, it is the number one in Japan. The festival is hosted, planned, and managed by the Owariasahi Tourism Association.

Miyazakien will open the shop in the tea bazaar area. In the bazaar, you can buy domestic and world black tea at the same time, and you can taste most of the tea. Although it is said that the tasting paper cup is sold at the entrance of the venue (three pieces / 10 yen planned), you can have your own cup. Also, there are not only black tea, but also Japanese tea, Chinese tea and sweets and tea goods.

Miyazakien will open in the Fureai Hall on the 1st floor of Skyward Asahi. On that day there is a free shuttle bus from Meitetsu Seto Line Owariasahi Station, and there are 500 parking lots available (including Shiroyama park parking lot).

Enjoy a season full of autumn feeling, please enjoy domestic black tea and Mikawa wa kocha tea.