The weather forecast predicted a rain probability of 60%, but yesterday which I was planning for a full moon tea ceremony on, although the clouds were spreading, it had been a night somehow we could see the full moon.
The picture here is the appearance of the moon watching from the full moon tea ceremony stage in the tea field in front of the shop of the Miyazakien. Due to the setting of the performance and shooting conditions of old camera we used, but indeed, there is brightness like daytime.
The tea ceremony has been postponed, but since it is a big opportunity, we have confirmed various things such as the brightness of the full moon and the condition of the lighting. Without lighting, evening fields are so dark. There are soils, stones, tea trees, etc. Truly, it seems a little unsafe if someone walk around the field without any light. And also there were some mosquitos (we hope they will be few in October …), it may be cool or even cold at night in October, so long-sleeved shirts and pants looks good. Heels are dangerous, so we’d like to ask for easy walking shoes.
The picture on the right is from the front of our store. After checking the moon out at the stage of the field, turning on the lights and going into the field, moving around the field, walking down the field and coming in front of the shop was just the moon out. After all, after watching the appearance of the moon on the stage of the tea plantation, it goes down and has passed for more than 30 minutes before checking out the moon in front of the shop. The mountain is getting closer to that extent, which means that there is a difference in the height of the field. It is unique to the tea plantation in the middle mountain area.
Either way, we will show you when the due date approaches. Everyone, please look forward to the ceremony.
Unfortunately, we are forecasting unseasonable weather on 6th September, so we will postpone holding the full moon tea ceremony on 6th October. We are informing it to those who applied for participation.
The full moon tea ceremony is about two weeks away. Although I’d like to say, preparation is going well, Obon holiday was quickly finished preparing for organic certification, and was forced to weed out last weekend.
Yesterday we finally got a prospect of lighting, the performers came last week, talking about various preparations.
This is second year to have the full moon tea ceremony. The leaf you picj in this event will be used for making the Japanese black tea, Wa Kocha. In developing Wa Kocha, we tried various fermentation of various tea leaves of various periods in various ways and how the taste and scent change. As a result, what we found interestingly was using the second crop of the native species “Hongu”, it was the best to make the present tea.
Native species are weaker compared to recent tree species due to yield and disease resistance, so tea farmers who produce tea leaves and deliver them in large quantities are almost switching to such a recently developed tea tree. However, in the Miyazakien, it happened to include various species of trees, including the native species field, we were able to experiment with various kinds of trees, and now we are still improving.
Do you know what it is? You may say it seems it is kind of fruit. Right. This is a seed of Japanese tea.
When ripening, the shell cracks naturally, and the fruit of tea jumps out.
The condition of this tea fruit was the basis of the map symbol of the tea plantation in Japan. We often see them on the tea field, and we often see it staying on the tree of the tea.
There may be encounters with the full moon tea ceremony held in our tea plantations.
Today, we had a meeting of the full moon tea ceremony held on 6th September.
As the name suggests, the full moon tea ceremony is an event where tea ceremonies are held at the tea plantation of the Miyazakien, on the evening of the full moon when the moon, the earth and the sun line up in line. You can experience tea picking in the tea field or have tea at the full moon tea ceremony stage. In addition, performance of the erhu, the koto and the violin participate with the ceremony. You can also appreciate the dim sum of the restaurant “Ichimasu”.
It will soon become quorum. If you are interested please apply as soon as possible!
[Additional note 2] Unfortunately, 6th September we are forecasting unseasonable weather, so we will postpone holding the full moon tea ceremony on 6th October. We are informing it to those who applied for participation.
[Additional notes] 26th August, 2017, The application was closed due to application reached its capacity. Thank you everybody. Let’s meet at the full moon tea ceremony stage.
In Japan, Bon Festival holiday has started. Miyazakien is busy for welcoming many tourists at our shop.
Well, this year the full moon tea ceremony season will come soon. We will havA tea ceremony while picking tea on a full moon night. On the full moon night on the coming 6th September, we will hold a full moon tea ceremony organized by Sencha Kokura.
As the capacity is 50 people, please apply as soon as possible. Please download this flyer, fill in the necessary matter, and send it by FAX. The personal information such as your name and address will be used for contact from Miyazakien on this event.
In addition, during the Bon Fest holidays, the Miyazakien is open as usual except on Thursdays of regular holidays. We are now preparing pinch hitter products such as shaved ice until the raw material of soft cream arrives. Of course tea items such as Sencha Tea, Hojicha Tea, Green Tea etc. can also be bought at the store.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Construction will be completed soon! This is the stage for our tea celemony of the popular full moon tea.
It is only tea garden if you look around.
Construction of this stage began in March, but the plan to make a new stage of the full moon tea ceremony was being considered for several years. In line with the idea of live on nature as the concept of Miyazakien, we have asked to get some advise to various people in the past to prepare facilities that can enjoy tea ceremonies in our tea fields. And the result has been gradually becoming shape.
At last, the appearance of the stage has appeared in the field. Tea leaves are sprouting now, the life has been nurtured in the field overlooked from the stage. In the field of the native species “Hongu” used for our Wa Kocha, the Japanese black tea, the individuality of the tea tree has appeared and the young leaves are mottled, but this appearance is a landscape that agrees well with the philosophy of the Miyazakien.