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Shincha: Luxury tea experience to discover 新茶のススメ

Shincha: Luxury tea experience to discover


In Japan, there is a tradition to send green tea picked in the first season as a seasonal greeting gift.








In Japan, a season of the early tea- picking comes in the late March until around the end of May. 

A special period  which we call

[ Hachi ju- Hachi Ya /八十八夜 ( the eighty-eighth date from the first day of spring ) is especially popular as a gift.(It was May 1st in the year 2020.) 

It is based on the solar calendar, and some farmers pick up fresh green tea particularly on this day.

In Shizuoka, first  tea picking season usually lasts until the end of May and it continues to the 2nd picking season during June.  

In the season of the year 2020,  tea farmers suffered from [ frost damage ] at least twice during the important period,  As the timing approaches, they carefully observe weather condition and once there’s a frost or rain,  they must take immediate actions to rescue teas from the damage by covering them with huge net, or turning on the electric fan to adjust the temperature over the farm.   You can imagine how intensive the work is, and how unpredictable the nature that changes suddenly! 

The prolonging situation of COVID-19 hugely affected the early season’s tea trading / bidding this season.

The most important opening ceremony of tea trading in Shizuoka tea market was cancelled , followed by the slowdown of positive purchasing of new season’s tea.  It was a challenging  start for all people who were associated with tea industry in Japan.


As the main hub of  green tea trading, Shizuoka receives teas from many regions across Japan  e.g.  Kyushu region, Kagwa, Kyoto, Saitama etc… professionals do tasting  the quality to evaluate them and  make a quotation, Distributors place orders by assuming the client’s demand. 









Green tea, especially [ Sencha ] represents Shizuoka.




Shin cha (新茶) 



Shin cha ( 新茶/  first-pick green tea of the season ) are sold  as a gift for its auspicious meaning , that says as whoever drinks this tea, it extends the longevity.  Japanese people particularly appreciate the value of [ earliest pick ( of harvest , catches ) from the nature.  We call them [ Hatsu-mono/初物 ] and often watch the news of them on TV news.

In addition to the auspicious meaning,  the first pick green tea has the following characters:

Fresh aroma that comes from young tea buds (  flower-like, freshly-raw green aroma ) 

And those aroma can be explained by the ingredients in the young tea:


 Refreshing , grassy aroma…. Leaf alcohol

Flowery, gorgeous aroma …Linalool, Geraniol

Heavy , laver-like aroma… dimethyl sulfide


These strong character makes the taste of young tea  more special ,  gives us the awareness of the new life.














爽やかな青い香り   ▶️青葉アルコール


ちょっと海苔っぽい? ▶️ジメチルスルフィド






It’s really nice to taste  the tea leaves themselves while they remains in the pot! 






Compared with ordinary tea ,  first-season’s  green tea has very soft texture which is good to be eaten.   

Try drizzling a little dash of Ponzu dressing,  dashi soy-sauce or any flavor you want to try!  The slight bitterness will spread inside your mouth and leaves a great aroma that stimulates your nose.

This is an important fact: the  remaining tea leaves contains almost 40 percent of nutrition out of whole green tea ! 

Those includes mainly: 


vitamin E


Protein ( water insoluble )



They are very nutritious for your health , we’d like to introduce the positive health benefit of drinking   / eating benefit of green tea in the next column ! 

Enjoy the seasonal green tea and if you have found a new sensation, we are most happy to get feedbacks  from you ! 












We will introduce the discovery of [ matured autumn green tea  ] in another time.




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