Kawane is one of the most popular tea production areas in Shizuoka. Set along the banks of the Sasama River, in a valley of partially shading mountains, it is known for its abundance of fireflies. Okumura-san seeded this Zairai garden by hand thirty years ago. Each year, it yields less than one hundred kilos of aracha to be processed by decorated chasho Wada Kyoshi Shoten. Zairai, means “native”—it is an unregistered variety and each encounter reflects regional nuances in terroir, process and lineage. In short, each will be totally unique. Drinking Zairai is a great way to appreciate true taste of a region.
Region: Kawane, Shizuoka, Japan
Variety: Zairai (Heirloom)
Elevation: 300 meters above sea level
Harvest Date: May 20, 2018
Producer: Okumura-san (Farmer), Wada Kyoshi Shoten (Chasho)
5g tea | 340ml water | 170F | 1 minute 30 seconds