Mountain Top Green Tea Farm

While hiking in the mountains recently I met an 80 year old man who invited me to visit his mountain top green tea farm. The man bought and cleared the land at the top of this mountain over 60 years ago and has been climbing the mountain ever since to tend and care for his fields. He is one of the last tea farmers in the area to harvest all of his tea by hand and he uses no machines to assist in bringing the tea down the mountain. The large basket he carries on this back will be filled with the day’s harvest before he returns home in the evening. This man was very proud of his tea fields and his family’s long history of farming the mountains of the Japan Southern Alps.

25 thoughts on “Mountain Top Green Tea Farm

  1. Yes, I think that he does walk here daily. At least during the farming season. Thanks for watching and commenting! -Kurt πŸ™‚

  2. Hello Colloseusx, I’ve lived in Japan for a total of eight years now. Japan is indeed a very expensive country yet life is managable if one keeps things simple. I hope that you might have a chance to experience life here someday if you choose to. -Kurt πŸ™‚

  3. Just had my first premium loose-leaf (imported from India) style green tea…What a difference! The smell and taste are both leaps and bounds ahead of any bagged tea, i swear its like a completely different type of drink. Damn it, now that I’ve tasted it i might not be able to go back, this habit might get more costly πŸ˜›

  4. Excellent video! Thank you so much for posting something that combines tea information, location, scenic beauty, and great personal connection. These are far and few between!

  5. Hardboiled old man, great! I drink every day more than 1 litre green tea and I love hiking. In my town I go everyday 8 – 15 km on foot. I only can pray to be so tough in my 80 years like this old man.
    Have a good day

  6. @bahrain1988 I am still working and
    struggling to learn the language. For me
    the road to understanding Japanese is
    very long and difficult. Thank you for
    watching and commenting! -Kurt πŸ™‚

  7. What a nice walk up to the field. I was noticing how very straight the trees were and wondering if they had been planted for timber. Is the name spelled Hinoki? Or is the “ki” part tree
    Like Ki no matsu (pine tree).
    Do you know what the wood from that tree is used for?

  8. @marblemill Yes, these trees were indeed planted with a plan for later harvest. The market however dropped out and most of these trees will never be harvested. I think that the “ki” may indeed indicate tree as you suggested. Hinoki has many uses though it is the prime wood for the making of Shinto religious items like kamidana and ofuda. -Kurt πŸ™‚

  9. Wow! This man is amazing! I guess the combination of walking and hard work and green tea have kept him young. His farm is beautiful!

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