Kai’s Kitchen – Fine Tea and Brownies

Kai’s Kitchen Fine Teas and Brownies   Greeting friends. Well this is it. We’ve come a long way, but all good things must come to an end eventually. But don’t think that just because this is the last Kai’s Kitchen post, I didn’t want to make one last satisfying dish for you all. We’ve run […]

Kai’s Kitchen – An entree Steeped in History

Kai’s Kitchen An entree Steeped in History        What’s good y’all? Welcome back to the 5th installment of Kai’s Kitchen! Well ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between – we have arrived at the main course. We’ve had an appetizer, soup, fish, salad, and now we have our entree! For something as important as […]

Kai’s Kitchen- Roasted Rice and Leafy Greens

Kai’s Kitchen Roasted Rice and Leafy Greens        Welcome back all! Welcome back to another mouth watering installment of Kai’s Kitchen! This week we are going to go for something a little lighter and more refreshing. The next dish we have is a palate cleanser, but is still deep and complex in flavor. […]

Kai’s Kitchen – 1 Fish, 2 Teas

1 Fish, 2 Teas Kai’s Kitchen        Howdy all! We are back at it with more tea cooking, and this week I’ve found something very cool for you all. We are moving on to the later courses of our meal, so time for something a little more filling. We had amuse bouche (appetizer) […]

Kai’s Kitchen – Tea and Soup? A Matcha made in Heaven!

Kai’s Kitchen Soup and tea? A matcha made in heaven!         Buenos Dias friends! This week we are continuing our 6 course meal with something sweet and refreshing. After our first dish (Kabuse Parm Bruschetta), we are shooting for something a bit lighter, but still satisfying, so this week we have a light […]

Kai’s Kitchen – Brew, Bake, Fry; Ways to Cook with Tea!

Kai’s Kitchen Bake, Brew, and Fry; Ways to cook with tea!        Hello all! Here in Wazuka things are getting a little crazy. One of our founders, Matsu-san several years ago organized a town wide event called Chagenkyo Matsuri (or TeaTopia) where people from all over the area get together to talk tea, […]

Kai’s Kitchen- Nothing more appetizing than a good appetizer

Kai’s Kitchen Nothing more appetizing than a good appetizer         Hello all! Welcome back to Kai’s Kitchen. This week we kick things off by leaning a bit into the savory side of things. Japanese Tea is very well known for its insane umami flavor. Umami is a word overused and not very well […]

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Kai’s Kitchen Not Just for Brewing         The world of tea is a deep and ancient one. Japanese tea stretches back to the 9th century when a Buddihist monk brought the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) back from China and planted it in Kyoto, Uji. From that point, Japan has had tea ingrained into […]

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Obubu Tea Powders using Hojicha, Sencha and more

Have you tried a Matcha ice cream, Matcha cookies or even a Matcha smoothie, yet? I bet you did! Matcha is going crazy all over the world in recent years. Not only because of the color of this famous tea powder, but also due to its many health benefits. What, if we told you that […]

【Japanese Tea Internship】Intern No.100 Introduction

Hello everyone! My name is Moe from Japan, and I am a intern coordinator at Obubu. I have been writing some article on our Japanese website about our internship students since this April and from now am going to translate it so I can share more information about Japanese tea, Obubu, Internship Program and more! […]

Japanese Tea Events in Paris 6th-7th September, 2018

Paris was also a first – a first time to collaborate with the La QuitEssence tea school. We got a chance to meet the founder of the school – Carine, last year, when we stopped in Paris. We spent the whole afternoon chatting about tea, its flavours and aromas, that by the end we decided […]

Japanese Tea Workshop in London 11th September, 2018

The next stop after The Hague was London and here, same as last year, we got to collaborate with Jane Pettigrew and the UK Tea Academy. This year in London we had one event – Japanese Tea Workshop to provide an introduction to and an overview of Japanese tea. There were plenty of teas to […]

Japanese Tea Events in Milan 3rd September, 2018

We have been returning to Milin for several years. This year was the first time to hold tea events with the ProTea Academy. Simona got an opportunity to meet one of the founders – Salvatore in a Japan Tea Export Promotion Council organized tea program in 2017. Since then they stayed in touch and agreed […]

Japanese Tea Events in Madrid 13th-14th September, 2018

Madrid is always a nice city to visit and this year we had some unique tea activities there. In Madrid we spent two days. One day was a collaboration with Japan National Tourism Organization. With JNTO we had two activities to promote Japanese tea and tourism to the people in Spain. Thanks to JNTO’s wide […]

Japanese Tea Workshops in Berlin 1st September

And the Europe Tour 2018 has passed. As the first stop this year we had Berlin – a beautiful city, that starts to have a vibrant tea scene. Our events were hosted by newly established Berlin Tea Academy. We met the founded of the Academy – Irena, last year and had some tea events with […]

Japanese Tea Seminar and Masterclass in The Hague 8th-10th September, 2018

To The Hague we come year after year and hold tea activities with the International Tea and Coffee Academy. And every year there is a new challenge, that stimulates us to grow and find new ways to engage with tea. This year we’ve spent the whole 3 days in The Hague sharing our knowledge and […]

【Kyoto, Uji, Wazuka】Tea Picking and Rolling Event

  Obubu organizes Tea Picking and Rolling Events 3 times a year to celebrate Japanese tea harvesting seasons.   This event is one of popular activities for tea lovers from all over the world. We believe that is because we have welcomed over 90 interns who love Japan and Japanese tea; and who always warmly […]

Kyobancha

Kyobancha is a green tea that is unique to the Kyoto region. I was fortunate enough able to experience this tea from farm to cup, and I wanted to share it! Kyobancha is a large leaf green tea that is roasted. The leaves are large because it is made from the leaves that survived during […]

Matcha Pt.3: What is Matcha?

For the last two weeks, I have talked about matcha tea ceremonies, matcha tea utensils, and now it is finally time to talk about matcha itself! In this post I want to break down how the tea is made.   First and foremost, to create a baseline, it is important to first explain aracha and […]

Matcha Pt.2: Obon Temae Matcha Utensils

Last week, I had a chance to see a tea ceremony and try portions of it out! This week, I thought that it would be interesting follow that post up with the teaware used during the ceremony, as well as give some tips on whisking matcha! As part of the tea ceremony event, we tried […]

Matcha Pt.1: Nodate Tea Ceremony in Wazuka

    As part of my trip to Japan, one thing I wanted to experience was a tea ceremony! Luck would have it that last Sunday in Wazuka, the town Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms is located in, had one! This will actually be part one of my three part mini-series on matcha. Matcha has become […]

Comparing Seasonal Sencha Green Teas

Last week, I wrote about shaded (Kabuse) green teas and I said that I would talk about unshaded (Roji) teas this week. However, I realized that it actually might be more useful to talk about harvesting seasons and why they are important, purely because most plants around the world are left unshaded in order to […]

Comparing Shaded Japanese Green Teas

Last week, I started TEA 101, and the goal of the series is to share what I am learning about tea with you! In the first post, I broke down different common green teas in Japan. Now, I want to go into more detail about each one. This week will be about shaded teas! Shaded […]

Guide to Common Japanese Green Teas

Since I am living at Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms in Japan, it seemed most fitting to start a series focused on tea: TEA 101! The first post I wanted to write was a guide to common Japanese green teas. The concept behind TEA 101 is pretty loose but the main goal is to share what […]

Chakabuki Event

Over the weekend, I was able to take part in a Chakabuki here in Wazuka! A chakabuki, in short, is a blind tea tasting game that is played in Japan. I’ve never been to one before, so I thought it would be fun to bring everyone along! Chakabuki was originally played by the aristocrats, but […]