Hoga Sengen in 2014 –Tea is budding-

In my area, sakura season is about to over now. And now,  it is time for TEA!! 

On April 7th, the Kyoto tea authority announced “hoga sengen (budding announcement)”. The announcement is annually issued when about 70% of new buds of “Yabukita” variety (the most common variety to produce green tea) cultivated at a research institute are grown about twice as big as the size of leaves which are wrapped the buds. Usually, about one month after “hoga sengen”, tea is ready to be plucked. 

For sure, tea front line is now moving north throughout Japan. And this is just FYR......, the announcement of this year was issued two days later than usual. Please wait a little bit longer :-)