It is cut off season

We have welcomed another season for preparing new tea. The crop of our tea garden in the Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture are later prepared than the large major tea production areas of Kyushu Miyazaki and Shizuoka in Japan.

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Now, in the tea plantations of Miyazaki Garden, the cherry blossoms blossom around and the voice of the Uguisu echoes, we are working for the new tea crop in a most pleasant season.

The process of cutting off tea leafs is a preparation to remove the old leaves remaining in the tea plant so that new leafs can emerge at once. It also means that old leaves are not mixed during harvesting.

The tea tree grow in spring rapidly. Following picture shows there are so many branches and leaves even near Miyazakien,

Each garden has a style of tea plantation in different way for tailoring and cutting. There are really many ways.  So it does not matter which one is good or bad exactly. On the same day, in the same area, under the same sunshine conditions, you may find such a different image.

Following picture is shot at another tea plantation in Miyazakien. The black screens are ready to use for blackouting. It looks like just after haircut and refreshing.

In the case of Miyazakien, the dropped leaves are circulated as fertilizer. Not only cut leaves but also fertilizers fermented mainly with rice bran, tea trees are carefully grown using traditional farming methods. Our agriculture is based on land that does not use chemical fertilizers, so it can be sustained.

Oh, something is moving over there …

My dog Ace was happy to eat rice bran fertilizer. A rice bran for a dog? ? It is a little strange, but it tasted deliciously. So she stuck it all over her face and even her tongue.

Metropolitan areas in Japan, such as Tokyo and Osaka, will have a difficult life in the future due to infectious disease control. Many events of various places that go out for sale in the normal year before the new tea season are canceled one after another from about February, and tea making is proceeding quietly as usual in the old Nukata town in the local and mountainous area.

Opportunities to go outside have decreased, and in March we discussed how to manage Miyazakien. We want to let lot of more people know about the taste of tea brewed from leaves, and want to continue the tea making of Okazaki City and Former Nukata Town since the Edo period. We have a lot to do. However, there is a limit to what we can do with a small tea garden and a small number of people. This year we have been working on tea making (from harvesting leaves to producing crude tea) as usual, but apart from that, we may work anew.

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  • When farming work such as harvesting is in full swing, we will have a morning and evening meeting every day. Until now, we have worked with many people who have been helping our family for many years and thought that it would be possible to talk without talking. But we have to change our mind. In the morning, sharing the plan of the day and having them work independently, in the evening, grasping their progress and making a plan for the next day together, so this way of movement is more efficient Looks good.
  • We are planning about new tea products. Miyazakien, which has a strong image of a tea supplier, is also a tea farmer. In particular, customers who like tea visiting the Miyazakien’s store also like for our green tea and processed other tea black tea, Wa Kocha, roasted green tea, Hojicha. At Miyazakien, we are working on a new approach to the green tea, Sencha, and the roasted tea, Hojicha,  starting with this season’s tea. Details will be announced at a later date.
  • This year, we will participate in the Okazaki Shaved Ice Road, an event led by the Nukakata Chamber of Commerce. Miyazakien begins it in mid-June when the new tea cultivating and processing is over. There is also a new product in this event.
  • We would like to expand the fields managed by Miyazakien on a yearly basis and increase the supply of tea at Miyazakien. We want to expand the management area of ​​tea plantations, mainly in the former Nukata-cho and Miyazaki districts. We would be grateful if you would like to speak out to those who are having trouble managing the tea plantations that are becoming abandoned arable land.

As usual, some of the processing equipment was replaced and repaired before the cutting off. Our stores are changing its style by hands little by little. In the tea plantation, the curtain will begin shortly after the pruning is over. Everyone waiting for our new tea, please wait for a while.

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Making wa kocha in progress

As humid and humid days continue, we are sure everyone is fine and well.

In the last week at the Miyazakien, we harvested the tea leaves for the Japanese black tea at the evening of the full moon.

2017年7月11日 満月
11th July, 2017, night, fullmoon

We make the Japanese black tea with locally grown tea leaves cultivated at the foot of Mt. Hongu in Aichi Prefecture. The sixth generation representative of the Miyazakien, Atsushi have developed it with the cooperation of many people. “Mikawa Wa Kocha”, the Japanese black tea is almost finishing well this year.

満月紅茶用の茶葉を発酵させています
We are now processing “Mikawa Wa Kocha”, the Japanese black tea

“Full moon tea” using special tea leaves harvested on the full moon night, will be used at the tea ceremony in September at Miyazakien.

opening of the Miyakien temporal shop at Seibu Okazaki

It is an announcement of the opening of the Miyakien temporal shop at Seibu Okazaki. From the coming 28th, June (Wednesday) to 4th, July (Tue), the Miyazakien will open a short time shop at the 2nd Okazaki quality food festival to be held at the Seibu Okazaki store.

This time, our Hojicha and Nomoto’s delicious chilled “Matcha Butter Cake” are the eye-opening products.

Also, as usual, you can enjoy our free tasting service of our Japanese green tea hot and chilled.

The Seibu Okazaki Store is located in Okazaki city, Aichi Prefecture. We will meet you on the 1st floor, special venue.

Meet us at Seibu Okazaki!

[Notice] 6/17 We will open a shop in an event to be held in Kariya

It is an announcement of the event Miyazakien attends.

On the 17th (Saturday) this weekend, the Miyazakien will open a shop and sell our new tea on this season in a event to be held in Kariya city. Free entrance. It is a 3-minute walk from the JR and Meitetsu Kariya station.

Event name: Fermentation Big Bang with EM! Kariya

Date and time of opening: Saturday, June 17, 2017 10: 30 ~ 16: 00

Place: Kariya Industry Promotion Centre Aioi Hall
Kariya-shi Aoshimachi 1 – chome 1 6

Everyone is welcome!

 

 

収穫本格化してきました。新茶も販売開始してます。


2017年5月 宮ザキ園茶畑の刈り取り風景


三河の中山間地の気温も上がってきました。今年もお茶の刈り取りが本格化しています。宮ザキ園のスタッフに加え,農業に携わりたいというボランティアの方も加わり,順調に刈り取りがすすんでいます。
宮ザキ園のお茶は,かぶせが主体です。お茶の刈り取り前,茶樹におおいをかけ,日光をさえぎりながら栽培します。こうすることで,茶葉の旨味を引き出すことができます。
こちらはかぶせを取り去った状態。背景に見える山の木々に比べ,やわらかい緑になっています。
そしてこちらが実際の茶葉の刈り取り風景。宮ザキ園の茶畑は山間地にありますので,乗用のような大型の刈り取り機は使いません。このように二人一組になって使う手持ちの刈り取り機で,1畝あたり二往復して丁寧にかりとっていきます。刈り取った茶葉は刈り取り機に繋いだ袋に集められていきます。
一旦,片側を刈り取って…
帰って来ます。
刈るためのコツは,二人がうまく呼吸を合わせ,刈り取り機の高さを揃えることと,畝に対してあまり急にならず,緩くもせず,適度につけた角度を保ち続けることです。
こうして,新芽のお茶の葉が刈り取られ,お茶に加工されてゆきます。
ちなみに宮ザキ園直売小売店では,今年の新茶の販売をはじめました。今は刈り取りで忙しいため,新茶の煎茶はまずは1種類(1,500円/100g)だけですが,徐々に増やしてまいります。

追記 今年もソフトクリームを販売しています。日によってメニューを変えていますので,その日何があるかはお店に着ていただいてのお楽しみ。

宮ザキ園のソフトクリーム販売中
宮ザキ園のソフトクリーム販売中