Green tea harvest in Fushiogami Village

The beginning of May is green tea harvesting season in my village. There are many tea fields around my house and in the first week of May, usually during Golden Week, my neighbors and their families are in the tea fields and they pick the young leaves. This is a labor-intensive task with family members coming from the cities to join their relatives in the family. The tea harvested here is called “Otonashi-cha”.

Tea harvest in Fushiogami Village
All family members help to harvest the young tea leaves
Harvested leaves get checked and weeds are removed
Tea leaves drying outside in the sunshine

Here is my article about Otonashi-cha published in May 2020 on the Japan Travel website: https://en.japantravel.com/wakayama/tea-harvest-in-kumano/62049

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