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
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!