Some photos of several wonderful producers we visited in Hoshinomura:
Hoshino is the coveted valley home to the finest producers of shade grown gyokuro in all of Japan. We are lucky to have many great friends in this town. We spent the day catching up with them, seeing some fields, drinking tea, and sharing some laughs. Hoshino is high in the mountains with ample access to spring fed water, optimal sun and rain, and it boasts some of the richest soil in Kyushu. The slow pace of life there is inspiring and the teas are beyond delicious. We were extra fortunate to get a chance to check in with Yoshiaki Miyahara, Japan's gyokuro champion and incense maker (!). A great day indeed.