Tea field on the steep hill, typical of this region.
Tea leaves just harvested
Icho in progress
Rail going up the hilly tea field for transporting basket of harvested tea leaves.
Teas on the hill
Taiwanese descent took 10 years to naturalize to this climate and soil
Tea tasting table prepared by Takahashi's wife
Tea treats prepared especially for this occasion by their neighbour.
Anytime encounter great tea, clipping done in tho tiny corner of their yard, quietly nurtured as a hope for next super star!
Almost there to the debut in the big field!
Takahashi's wife. She picked some fresh leaves of the kinds that she was going to let me taste to demonstrate how wilting (icho) generate fragrance.
next to Takahashi's tea plant nursery