I really enjoyed meeting the man behind Ooyama tea at Mono Japan Amsterdam last Friday. I was impressed by the passion he had for creating the perfect cup of green tea. And surprised by the intense flavour of the green tea created with ice cubes. Being more a dark tea lover, the green tea gave such a refreshing taste that I definitely will drink it more often.
Ooyama Seichaen is a manufacturer of Japanese tea in Higashi-Sonogicho located east of Nagasaki, Kyushu. Its 9 hectare plantation is situated on the slope of the misty mountain of Nakao-go. There, tea trees are cultivated with love and leaves are harvested with utmost care to produce its superior quality tea. All products use the first-picked leaves.
Established in 1918, Ooyama Seichaen is now run by the fourth generation owner and all the processes from cultivation to manufacturing are done within the company. It uses its original bokashi fertilizer made by fermenting organic materials such as rice bran and rapeseed meal, making sure that the plantation is friendly to both the environment and people.
Ooyama Seichaen is also active in giving workshops all over Japan to promote green tea. He also gave a workshop in Amsterdam during the Mono Japan weekend at the Lloyd Hotel. With his tea he won the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Minister's Award in 2013, in addition to many other awards in Japan.
Photography of Ooyama Seichaen