Hidden gem in southern flank of Kyoto, Ujitawara

Uji-tawara, located on the southern flank of Kyoto, is the birthplace of Japanese green tea and continues to flourish as a tea production area. On one hand the tea cannot be produced in mass quantities here because the Kyoto’s tea is cultivated on the valleys of mountains, where is not so vast. But the other hand this geographical future is suit for making fine-tasted tea. The mountains which block the direct sunlights from the tea tree contribute making smooth and beautiful green tea. In 2016, as well as in other years, our region won the prize of “the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”. photos about Uji-tawara Tea field in…


Introduction of KITANI TEA

The 155-year history of KITANI TEA KITANI TEA was established over 150 years ago in Ujitawara, one of the oldest tea-growing regions in Kyoto. The Kitani family are the descendants of Soen Nagatani, the inventor of the manufacturing process used to make “sencha,” which is currently the most popular green tea in Japan. Ever since our founding, we have continued to manufacture a wide range of teas such as sencha and matcha, making us one of the oldest tea manufacturers in Japan. The characteristics of KITANI TEA’s tea The primary elements that make up the taste of green tea are aroma, umami, and astringency. Our tea is characterized by its…


Thé Uji in Paris

The local newspaper “Rakunan times” introduced the article about Greentea in Paris the title of which is “The name of tea, enchanting Parisien is Thé Uji” today. I always find Kyoto municipal government is working on expanding Uji-cha brand outside in Japan when I have conversations with the city employees. We, the private sectors are also working on it with them. We’re having epic year 2017 as the year of Kyoto’s tea. I only found Japanese website of that topic named “Ocha-no-Kyoto”. When I was in NYC for a trip, one of the tea shop keepers told me that Paris is known as “Gateway to success” city to expand brands…