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Obubu #29: Sakura Tea (20g) {216}

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Sakura – Japanese cherry blossoms. This herbal tea is made with whole, salt-pickled sakura blossoms cultivated and processed in the City of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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Sakura Tea

The sakura, or Japanese cherry blossom, is one of the foremost symbols of Japan. Symbolizing the intense ephemeral nature of life, they bloom en masse once a year for a short week or two painting Japan pink and white before being blown away by the spring breeze in a beautiful shower of petals.

Sakura Tea from Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

Sakura Tea from Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations’ Sakura Tea is made with salt-pickled cherry blossoms (the kanzan variety) by their partner in Odawara, Kanagawa. The taste that results from the salt-pickling of the blossoms is a flavor standard in Japan for drinking as tea. However, the salted cherry blossoms are quite flexible as well, and taste great with Japanese sake, mixed with rice (to make sakura rice), cookies, and cakes! We also highly recommend adding them to sencha or genmaicha tea for that uniquely Japanese spring flavor.

The flavor of these sakura “cherry” blossoms (being the blossoms and not the fruit) is quite different from the cherry fruit flavor so common in Western sweets (as well as many “Japanese cherry green teas” where the “cherry” is actually cherry fruit flavoring). In Japan though, you’ll find sakura-flavored Kit Kats, sakura-flavored lattes at Starbucks, as well as traditional Japanese sweets. If you’ve never had sakura-flavored tea before, be prepared for a delicious and truly Japanese experience!!

Try this Heavenly Sweet Sakura Latte recipe

PRODUCT INFO

NAME

Sakura Tea

INGREDIENTS

Salt, plum vinegar, cherry blossoms

HARVEST PERIOD

Spring (late April)

PRODUCTION NOTES

The sakura blossoms offered from Obubu Tea are grown, harvested and pickled in the region outside of Odawara city, just an hour by the shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo and within sight of Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japan.

PACKAGED BY

Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations


SUPPLIER INFO

NAME

Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations (Akihiro Kita, President)

LOCATION

Wazuka-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto

SIZE / # of FIELDS

4.1 acres on 14 fields

ALTITUDE

0 – 500 meters

ESTABLISHED

Established in 2004 as an agricultural social venture seeking to contribute to society through tea.

MORE INFO

More info available here


Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

PRODUCTS BLOG

Over 15 years ago, our president and founder, Akihiro “Akky” Kita, visited Wazuka, Kyoto. The tea produced in this rural district is known as Ujicha, one of the highest quality, premium teas in Japan. Akky was a college student in search of his life’s calling. Inspired by a single cup of Ujicha drunk at its source, Akihiro’s passion for green tea was born. After fifteen years of learning to master the art of growing premium tea leaves from master tea farmers in Wazuka, Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations was born. The name Obubu itself comes from the slang of Kyoto and means tea. Read more about us on our official website (built by Yunomi.us' parent company Matcha Latte Media).
Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations,  is a Japanese tea brand owned and operated by tea farmers in the town of Wazuka, Kyoto. Started by Akihiro Kita and Yasuharu Matsumoto in 2004, the company began as an agricultural social venture. Akky and Matsu's aim was and still is, to teach tea lovers both in Japan and overseas about the value of tea farming, and to contribute to society through tea.

We Started From a Single Cup of Tea

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Obubu Vice President, Yasuharu "Matsu" Matsumoto

Over 15 years ago, our president and founder, Akihiro ‚"Akky‚" Kita, visited Wazuka, Kyoto. The tea produced in this rural district is known as Ujicha, one of the highest quality, premium teas in Japan. Akky was a college student in search of his life's calling. Inspired by a single cup of Ujicha drunk at its source, Akihiro's passion for green tea was born. After fifteen years of learning to master the art of growing premium tea leaves from master tea farmers in Wazuka, Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations was born. The name Obubu itself comes from the Kyoto slang for tea. We hope to extend this family beyond Japan's shores as we seek to educate the world about quality Japanese green tea, to promote both the traditional and contemporary culture of drinking green tea, and to aid other tea farmers as they seek to establish tea plantations in their respective countries and regions.

MESSAGE TO THE WORLD

We hope to extend the Obubu family beyond Japan’s shores as we seek to educate the world about quality Japanese green tea, to promote both the traditional and contemporary culture of drinking green tea, and to aid other tea farmers as they seek to establish tea plantations in their respective countries and regions.

Our Mission

  1. To make farming fun by creating connections between consumers and producers
  2. To contribute to the spread of tea culture by introducing Japanese tea and providing advice to other farmers around the world

About Obubu Japanese Tea

Based upon techniques used to grow and process tea in Kyoto, Japan, our plantations produce more than sixteen different types of premium Ujicha green tea including Kabuse Sencha, Kaze no Sencha, Houjicha, Genmaicha and other varieties. Kabuse Sencha and Kaze no Sencha, in particular, are extraordinary green teas with unique flavors and leaves that can be eaten with a dash of soy sauce after brewing. Our teas are aracha, or what we like to call "single malt" -- whole leaves from a single field and harvest before they are sorted and blended.

About Our Team

Our team is a small one made up of our president Akihiro Kita, VP and sales manager Yasuharu Matsumoto, shipping manager Kayo Takeuchi, a few staff and partners both in Kyoto and around the world. Our small scale allows us to emphasize long-lasting, meaningful relationships with our clients and customers creating a family of tea enthusiasts. With the addition of the Internship Program, Obubu now routinely welcomes international students, tea shop owners, and tea aficionados to its every growing family. Akihiro Kita, President / Founder / Farmer Yasuharu Matsumoto, Vice President / Sales Manager / Farmer Kayo Takeuchi, Shipping Manager Momo Taniguchi, Website Content Manager/Webmaster Ian Chun (YUNOMI TEA MERCHANT), English / Overseas Marketing Partner

About ObubuTea.com

This website, ObubuTea.com, began in 2010 when Ian and Matsu met. Matsu pulled Ian into the tea industry and taught him all about tea while Ian translated all of that information into English helping to build this site. Ian's company, Matcha Latte Media, is a direct result of this collaboration and continues to assist, promote, and work with ObubuTea.com, Akky, Matsu and the other staff at Obubu.
Below video created by David Edwards of New Mexico Tea Company when he interned at Obubu in 2013.
NAME
Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations
LOCATION
Wazuka-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto, JAPAN
SIZE / # of FIELDS
4.1 acres on 14 fields
ALTITUDE
0 - 500 meters
ESTABLISHED
Established in 2004 as an agricultural social venture seeking to contribute to society through tea.
FARM LABOR
We are a small farm & online retailer of tea and tea products. Our president, Akihiro Kita, is our primary farmer, and works with several apprentices as well as fellow farmer friends (who help each other out as needed). Vice president Yasuharu Matsumoto is also called upon frequently to work in the fields when not managing the business side of things. Apprentice and part-time workers are paid a minimum of 1000 yen / hour (about US$11)


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Additional Information

Net Weight (per item)

5 grams (0.18 oz), 20 grams (0.71 oz)

Packaging

Bag

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1 review for Obubu #29: Sakura Tea (20g) {216}

  1. ian@mlatte.com

    (verified owner):

    Tea reivews from around the web

    From The Tea Review:

    The first taste was bright and sweet, and then followed with a savory aftertaste. The savory taste was very soft, but still held the floral notes of the cherry blossom.

    From Tea & Procrastination:

    The cherry blossom floating in your cup also makes for a striking image. We wish we had glass tea cups on hand to better enjoy the view!

    From Steepster:

    It makes me feel like a princess. Everyone knows that flowers are a princess’ favorite food.

    From The Oolong Owl:

    I gotta say, I quite like the floral here. I’m so used to jasmine and rose florals – sakura floral is on another planet. A cute planet, with fairies, white chocolate, tiny tea cups, big pink dresses and cuddly white owls. The floral is sweet and fluffy.

    From My Thoughts Are Like Butterflies:

    The aroma is sweet and a bit tangy, it reminds me of pickled peaches, or more likely pickled plums but a touch sweeter. The floral notes are very subtle and the tartness mixed with salt is a delicious aroma. I admit it, I licked the salt crystals out of the package, I may be a salt addict.

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