Pupils pick tea in Nago

Pupils pick tea in Nago

The pupils kneaded the tea leaves that they had picked in Goga, Nago on July 5

July 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eleven pupils of Nago City Inada Elementary School picked tea in the tea garden at Goga on July 5.

Staff of the Tea Producers Association of the JA Okinawa showed the pupils what to do. The children enjoyed making tea using traditional methods and hoped that it would taste nice. The association organizes for them to pick tea each year to help let local children know about the tea of the area.

The tea the pupils picked is a brand named Meiroku that has a reputation for good taste and bright color. The pupils made the tea by repeatedly kneading the leaves and roasting them in a cauldron.

Sixty-two-year-old Hidefumi Sakihama, who helped the pupils, said, “The tea will taste good if you knead the leaves with your palms.” Eight-year-old Daito Matsukawa, who worked on kneading the leaves, said, “The leaves were sticky at the beginning, but after a while they became crunchy.” Eight-year-old Yukina Takeuchi said, “I am a bit tired of kneading, but the leaves gradually came to smell good.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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