Miyazakien ‘s black tea are made of native variety tea, which name is “Hongu”. The name comes from a mountain located near Miyazakien because it is said that the seed of the “Hongu” came from that mountain area. The leaves are carefully processed by hand into black tea. This video is about to kneading. A professional kneader, Mr. Y, has been doing this work quietly as if he was doing his Sadhana for almost 3 hours already.
Recently it has become very difficult to obtain the knitted mat with straw as you see laying on the floor, but it is indispensable for tea making by hand like this.
The tea leaves picked up for our “Wa Kocha”, the Japanese black tea, will be transformed into a form to be delivered to everyone through such a hand-working work and a sun drying process.