Tea Auction in 2013 @ Kagoshima

Kagoshima is one of the most famous tea producing areas in Japan. Their “hatsu seri”, first tea auction of shincha (lit: new tea), will be held on 5th of April, which will be six days earlier than last year.

photo by T

Usually, the weather in March is changeable in Japan. The coldness sometimes eases up and returns again, which can cause frost and coldness damages on new buds.

Luckily, this year, Kagoshima area seemed to have a good weather. The temperature both in January and February were normal and higher in March without a temporary return of cold weather. Its rainfall was also normal. Due to its good condition, new buds have been growing healthily. Can’t wait to try this year’s spring tea, Shincha!