Exploring Shizuoka’s Unique Green Tea Through Artistic Manhole Covers

In a recent feature, NHK WORLD-JAPAN highlighted the cultural significance and unique qualities of Kikugawa’s green tea from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The story delves into the region’s position as the largest tea-growing area in Japan and the distinctive deep steaming process used for Kikugawa tea, known as “fukamushi.” The video showcases the meticulous day-long preparation by local tea growers and celebrates the local tea culture, including a café that offers an array of fresh tea varieties.

  • Shizuoka Prefecture is recognized as Japan’s largest tea-growing region.
  • Kikugawa, a city in Shizuoka, is famous for its green tea, particularly the “fukamushi” or deep-steamed variety.
  • The Horai family has been growing tea in Kikugawa for four generations.
  • The deep steaming process of Kikugawa green tea involves steaming the tea leaves twice as long as other types, creating a full-bodied, slightly sweet taste with a deeper aroma.
  • A local café in Kikugawa serves 14 different types of tea, highlighting the area’s rich tea culture despite the rise of bottled tea.
  • The video encourages visitors to Japan to appreciate the art of manhole covers, which often depict local cultural elements like Kikugawa’s green tea.

NHK WORLD-JAPAN is “the international service of Japan’s public media organization NHK.” NHK World-Japan is operated by Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK). The goal of NHK World-Japan is stated as “to promote a deeper international understanding of Japan, introducing the latest events in Japan through news and other programs.”

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