The State of Tea
Surfing the internet and Instagram it is surprising and shocking to come across beautiful but also scary scenery like this.
It’s beautiful because of the snow, but, also scary, because...the poor tea!! But, never fear, upon discussion with Sensei Reiko Wake, she calmly explained, “Tea is fine, the Tea is just going to sleep” (puts her cheek on the back of her palm with a sleeping motion).
This is just the normal cycle of tea during the year. Tea goes into hibernation in the Winter months, and the farmers have this time to prepare for the upcoming season. ‘Chagusaba’ helps the tea during the winter months, native surrounding grasses are cut and used as mulch - which gives nutrients, keeps the roots warm, prevents weeds, and prevents fertilizers from being washed away.
no umami no life
Snowfield photo from: http://www.millepins.ch/magazine/2018/2/26/winter-in-uji