This year’s first crop of tea leaves harvested in Nago

This year's first crop of tea leaves harvested in Nago

On the morning of March 15, Takeshi Higa (right), the representative of Kanekawa Tea Production, harvests the first tea leaves in Isagawa, Nago.

March 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, the earliest tea picking in Japan started at Kanigawa-seicha tea production company’s tea plantation in Isagawa, Nago.

Workers in groups of three carefully picked new tea leaves shining under the morning sun. The harvest of the first tea leaves will start in Oku, Kunigami, Nakagawa, Kin, and Ogimi in Yambaru, the northern part of Okinawa island.
The tea leaves harvested are “Shizu-inzatsu 131”, a brand name of tea with a floral fragrance, which have been produced organically.

These tea leaves can be harvested throughout the year, but the leaves harvested in spring and autumn are considered to have a better taste.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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