George Guttridge-Smith

How would you describe the internship in three words?

A great adventure

What were your expectations from the internship before you came to Obubu?

To learn more about Japanese tea and how tea is grown in Japan.

Did the internship meet your expectations?


If you can change anything in the internship, what would it be?

For it to be longer!

During which period have you been to Obubu?

September – December

Which year have you been to Obubu?


How was a typical day during your period?

One of three types of days: 1. Farming – Harvesting in the morning with Akky-San and then processing tea until the evening. Really awesome to be a part of the tea production. 2. Tea Tour – Spending the day with guests introducing them to the magic of Japanese Tea! 3. Inside – I spent my time helping with projects the staff were working on and also my own projects (editing videos)

What was your best memory at Obubu?

Climbing to the top of Mt. Jubu after a failed attempt (got distracted by a beautiful tea field and then got lost). It was an awesome feeling.

What do you do now?

I now work for Obubu!

Did the internship help you to reach your goals?