Visiting Yame City & Kurihara Seicha

Having had the opportunity to venture to the Kyushu region in Southern Japan, ITFA paid a call on Yuji Kurihara, manager of family-operated Kurihara Seicha. While we didn’t get a chance to visit his tea fields deep in the mountains of Yame Village in Yame City, we talked at length about the ITFA supporting his farm as they seek to come online in English.

Currently, Kurihara Seicha grows, processes and finishes tea selling to elite sencha and gyokuro connoisseurs in Japan only. They hope to find a way to reach a more mainstream as well as a foreign audience while maintaining their reputation for premium Japanese teas.

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