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About Tea town, Higashi Sonogi

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Higashisonogi-cho is the largest tea production area in Nagasaki, producing about 60% of Nagasaki’s tea. Higashisonogi-cho is located in the center of Nagasaki Prefecture, on a southwest-facing slope that leads from the mountains of the Tara mountain range to the calm sea of Omura Bay. Therefore, many of the tea plantations overlook the beautiful and […]

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About Ureshino Tea

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This is a bit of a tricky topic because it requires some historical and geographical understanding. The origin of the name “Ureshino Tea” is Ureshino City, Saga Prefecture, which is also famous for Ureshino Hot Springs. Ureshino Tea Tea production in Ureshino started in 1440 when a potter who came from China began to cultivate […]

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Tea in Nagasaki

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Tea in Nagasaki, the origin of Japanese tea. If you ask most Japanese people about it, they will probably say they don’t know anything about it. However, Nagasaki is a very important place in the history of tea. It is said that tea was first introduced to Japan in 1191, when the Zen monk Eisai […]

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1610 Europeans discover Tea

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As you may know, tea is an oriental product. Tea has been drunk for over 3000 years in China. In Japan, tea has been drunk for at least over 1000 years. Until a few hundred years ago, tea was only drunk in Asia, and it was not until much later that tea spread around the […]

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Atomic bombing in Nagasaki

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As someone who lives in Nagasaki and deals with Nagasaki tea, I cannot turn my back on this history. At 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, the U.S. military dropped the atomic bomb “Fat Man” on the city of Nagasaki in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The bomb killed about 74,000 people out of the local (estimated) […]