On May 17th, Chunichi Shimbun, a regional newspaper, reported that 27 store managers from Starbucks group company Teavana visited Shizuoka to learn more about Japanese tea. On May 15th, they visited a tea factory, and at farmer Shinichi Miyazaki’s field in Fujieda city, they experienced tea picking by hand, and ate tea leaf tempura.
The tea picking occurred at a field that was shaded by straw in order to create gyokuro tea. Miyazaki-san explained that he helps a rice farmer with his cultivation in order to get the straw needed for the shading.
The article also explained that the managers experienced tea ceremony in Kyoto on May 14th.
That’s our summary. We thought it’d be best to be aware of what the competition is doing. 🙂