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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Chunichi agricultural award

Atsushi Umemura, the representative of Miyazakien, awarded the Chunichi Agriculture Prize Excellence Award hosted by the Japanese one of most quality news paper company, Chunichi Shimbun. In the last year of Heisei, it was the only recipient from Aichi Prefecture. We are very happy and proud of it. The award was published in the morning edition of the Chunichi Shimbun on the following day. Thank you to everyone involved.

中日農業賞優秀賞表彰状
中日農業賞優秀賞表彰状

The Chunichi Agriculture Prize has been awarded to young farmers working on new agriculture and regional development in the nine central prefectures (Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Shizuoka, Nagano, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Shiga) in Japan since 1940 (Showa 15). It is a historical award established by Chunichi Shimbun. Currently, it has been selected for young farmers because of the aging population and a shortage of successors.

At Miyazakien, in order to revive the tea industry in the Miyazaki area of Okazaki City (formerly Nukata-cho), which was once said to be a nationwide famous tea production area, tea making with organic pesticide-free cultivation (JAS certification) and domestic tea. In addition to working on the cultivation, processing, and sales of “wakocha,” the Japanese black tea, we have also actively challenged the development of overseas sales channels. Both are at the very beginning of a long journey just getting started, but it’s an honor to be chosen for this traditional award. We are also very impressed by mentioning to our 4th representative Akiji in the certificate. Atsushi is a young person, but we will continue to make efforts to promote this mountain village Miyazaki-cho in the Okazaki city through agriculture.

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2019年3月1日第78回中日農業賞贈呈式にて

Modern Korean correspondents has come to Miyazakien

The other day, the modern Korean correspondents coming to Japan from Korea visited Miyazakien and experienced tea picking.

In Okazaki they were touched upon the history of Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Korean correspondent in the Edo period, and they also enjoyed interacting with local high school students. Ms Naoko JIN, the representative director of NPO Bridge for Peace, presided over by the West Mikawa version of the Chunichi Shinbun on 11th August, that this international exchange activity is being reported.

 

It was a very meaningful opportunity for Miyazakien to be able to play the part of international friendship activity. Thank you very much for everyone involved.

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Welcome Okazaemon at Miyazakien!

Okazaemon has come at Miyazakien! In this holiday, as part of the “Hidden Okazaki, Harvesting Experience Programme” in the “Okazaki Experience programme” , a nationwide lull character, Okazaemon came to our garden for the experience of the tea harvest of the Miyazakien.

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July, 2017, Okazaemon has come to Miyazakien!

It must be seriously hard work, the harvesting of tea leaves in tea fields in the heat of lightly exceeding 30 ℃ during the day. Miyazaki district in former Nukata town is the intermediate of mountains. The field also has a considerable slope, all people including staffs of us have to take care of the ridge even if we only move in the field, but Okazaemon who did silent work. Those who is inside, people concerned, thank you!

おかざきすぐれモノ体験隊ロゴThe “Okazaki Experience programme”  offers “real” which can only be experienced in Okazaki. In the “Hidden Okazaki, Harvesting Experience Programme”,  one of the expedition programme, you can enjoy harvest experience of tea and citrus grown without using agricultural chemicals, a processing experience such as making tea and making Yuzu citrus juice and Yuzu peppers.

In this time, a tea picking experience and a tasting workshop on the terrace newly set up in our tea plantation has held.

隠れ岡崎収穫体験初日。茶摘み体験と試飲ワークショップ。
隠れ岡崎収穫体験初日。茶摘み体験と試飲ワークショップ。

 

 

And participants also visited the yuzu field that we did not use pesticides. In this hidden Okazaki Harvest Experience Programme, the members of the events will be the owner of a Yuzu citrus tree, and they will have a citrus harvest experience and processing experience. For this time, we invite each participant to choose a yuzu tree for field

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農薬を使わないで育てた柚子畑にご案内

The programme will continue for a while this year. We would like to devise great ingenuity so that all participants can be satisfied.

Those who wish to participate in this "Hidden Okazaki, Harvest Experience" need to register for Okazaki Experience Programme. As the harvest time of agricultural products may be affected by the weather, please understand that the 2nd and 3rd holding date is uncertain.

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The Okazaki delicious food festival at Seibu Okazaki store is until tomorrow

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岡崎うまいもの会・宮ザキ園のほうじ茶つめほうだい

Miyazakien is participating in the “Okazaki Umai mono Food Festival” on the first floor of the Seibu Okazaki store for a week from 28th June to 4th, July. This time, we are promoting Matcha Butter Cake, which is co-developed with “Butter Cake Store Nomoto”, as well as selling our “Wa Kocha”, the Japanese black tea, green tea and matcha using new crop. You can also enjoy our fragrant “Nukata Ichiban Hojicha”, the roasted Japanese tea.


バターケーキ抹茶 宮ザキ園と「バターケーキの店 のもと」さんの共同開発商品です。
バターケーキ抹茶 宮ザキ園と「バターケーキの店 のもと」さんの共同開発商品です。

Matcha butter cake is a new product that the butter cake professional, Mr Nomoto created using our Miyazakien’s Matcha after thirty years of butter cake experience. The best way in this season to eat this excellent cake is to cool it down in a refrigerator and you can make it even more delicious. To a taste of rich butter, a little bitter ande sweet matcha matches well with tea ceremony. You can enjoy it with the customer in a slightly larger amount.

宮ザキ園のほうじ茶
宮ザキ園のほうじ茶

In addition, you can meet our “Nokata Ichiban Hojicha”, the roasted Japanese tea which is made of tea leaves grown up in our organic garden. Even in overseas sales, it has been very popular as rich roasted flavour. In this hot season, chilled Hojicha is also good for having a rich time with your families and friends.

The Seibu Okazaki store is located in Okazaki City “Okazaki Umai mono food festival” is up to tomorrow, the 4th, July.

Meet us at Seibu Okazaki!

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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!