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We are the challengers

The first tea is finished and has been harvested for the second tea bud.
About a month after the mowing, the mowing of the second tea bud will start again.
In the meantime, are we content to wait? Some people ask, “Do we just wait for the second tea buds to appear?

This is never the case.

Many tea growers spray herbicides and pesticides to prevent insects to further increase the production of the second tea crop.

However, in our organic cultivation, hand weeding continues every day during this month.
Weeding is hard work that makes our backs ache.

In fact, there is a bigger concern than that.
No matter how much fertilizer is used, how much hand weeding is done, and how carefully the plants are grown, there is still a lot of work to be done before the second tea buds come out.
Insects can be expected to infest the tea leaves during the month it takes for the second tea buds to grow.
Tea leaves that have not been sprayed with pesticides are probably more palatable to insects.

In fact, there is a bigger concern than that.
No matter how much fertilizer is used, how much hand weeding is done, and how carefully the plants are grown, there is still a lot of work to be done before the second tea buds come out.
Insects can be expected to infest the tea leaves during the month it takes for the second tea buds to grow.
Tea leaves that have not been sprayed with pesticides are probably more palatable to insects.

In fact, there is a bigger concern than that.
No matter how much fertilizer is used, how much hand weeding is done, and how carefully the plants are grown, there is still a lot of work to be done before the second tea buds come out.
Insects can be expected to infest the tea leaves during the month it takes for the second tea buds to grow.
Tea leaves that have not been sprayed with pesticides are probably more palatable to insects.

In fact, there is a bigger concern than that.
No matter how much fertilizer is used, how much hand weeding is done, and how carefully the plants are grown, there is still a lot of work to be done before the second tea buds come out.
Insects can be expected to infest the tea leaves during the month it takes for the second tea buds to grow.
Tea leaves that have not been sprayed with pesticides are probably more palatable to insects.

In fact, there is a bigger concern than that.
No matter how much fertilizer is used, how much hand weeding is done, and how carefully the plants are grown, there is still a lot of work to be done before the second tea buds come out.
Insects can be expected to infest the tea leaves during the month it takes for the second tea buds to grow.
Tea leaves that have not been sprayed with pesticides are probably more palatable to insects.

This means that depending on the incidence of these insects, we have a significant impact.
Production could be reduced by about 50% in some cases.
It’s a matter of life and death, almost a gamble of sorts.

We are the challengers

If we spray and grow with large amounts of conventional pesticides, as many tea growers do, the main domestic effects
famous tea wholesalers in Japan will buy it.

In particular, the strength of the brand and the quality of Kyoto Uji tea is the best in Japan.

Until my father’s generation, our sales as a tea grower were high and stable because of our cultivation methods.
If we only wanted to make sales, as many tea growers still do, we couldn’t do it.
We can have a stable business, as many tea growers still do.

If you look at the percentage of tea production in Japan, the share of organic cultivation is only about 6% of the total.

This means that as a tea grower producing Kyoto Uji tea
This means that very few tea growers aim to grow tea organically.

In fact, in Japan, large beverage companies sell large quantities of Japanese green tea (sencha) in plastic bottles.
It is also difficult to buy organic Japanese tea in Japan.

Despite this, we still strive to grow organic tea for one reason: “For the consumer.

We want to offer our consumers Japanese tea that is safe enough to drink every day.

In Europe, people have been more aware of organic farming for longer than in Japan.
That’s why we first specialized in selling directly to people in France.

We want to deliver our new tea as soon as possible.

We dedicate our life as tea growers to selling to French people, which we started last year.

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