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Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma City

It’s getting warmer day by day, and now Shincha harvest has started in many areas.

On May 2, I, staff Haruna, visited the Iruma city hall to join the Sayamacha Shincha Festival by Iruma Tea Industry’s Society.

(Sayamacha is a general term to call the tea produced mainly in Iruma, Sayama and Tokorozawa area in Saitama prefecture. Our Oisakien’s Sayamacha is produced in Iruma, and Morita Tea Garden’s Sayamacha is produced in Tokorozawa.)

This festival is held on the same day every year –on May 2. This day is called Hachi-ju-hachi-ya (八十八夜) , the 88th day after the spring equinox (February 4). It is said those who drink Shincha picked on the day can stay healthy for a year.

As Hachi-ju-hachi-ya is the special day for Japanese tea, many Shincha events are held around this time all over Japan.

Purchase Tea from the Sayama Region

Morita Tea Garden (A family owned farm) Oisakien (A family-owned tea shop & farm)
NOTE: All teas listed have been tested to be safe from radiation contamination.

Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
Tea girls greet visitors and serve Shincha!

 

Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
Iruma Cable Television’s character Chatsumin and Iruma city’s tourism ambassador character Teo.

 

Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
The Iruma city hall has a tea farm right next to the office building! The visitors for the festival enjoy picking the tealeaves.

 

Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
Visitors are making a long line to get a free tea nursery.

 

Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
Temomi (hand rolling) performance.

 

Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
A tea master Hiruma-san shows how to make pan-fired tea with a skillet.

 

Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
Local ladies making Shincha Tempura. Probably the best way to cook fresh tea leaves is Tempura. Yummy!

 

Sayamacha Shincha Festival in Iruma
A singer Serina was invited to the event and performed her song, “Cha cha cha Sayamacha”.

There were similar Shincha events in Sayama city and Tokorozawa city as well, but I missed them… hope I can visit next year!

Haruna Yamamoto

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