OSADA TEA's Commitment to Organics

 

 

OSADA TEA is supported by the enthusiasm of tea lovers such as yourself ...

Twenty years have passed since I (Natsumi) first got involved in the tea industry.

 

I had been working in a completely different field and industry, then quite literally my fate changed upon becoming married- this is the start of my involvement in the deep world of tea, and the catalyzing factor in my studies and experience up until this day.


Thanks to the support of everyone around me from these initial phases, in 2009, I was able able to obtain overall victory at the National Japanese Tea Examination and Technology Competition ("Tochakai" or tea- tasting competiton) and received the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award in successive years.


When purchasing semi-processed "Aracha" and finishing off tea through the art and sciene of "Shiage", it is necessary to have the ability to ascertain the quality of tea from every aspect, utilizing all senses.

 

I've come to sense over many seasons, that every time I open a container of "Aracha"  and immerse myself in batch after batch of  tea...

 

that I am getting a glimpse not only into the the soil, plantation conditions, harvest methods, and machines that process the tea leaves laid out on the tea appraisal room's table,

 

But a look into the very spirit and humanity of the individuals who produce it. Tea appraisal and discernment is a skill that works at many levels.

 

Concurrently, the insight that a teahouse cannot be seperate from its producers- the fact that we are one unified establishment, is firmly reinforced with every smell and taste of the teas we decide to purchase and use.


In order to support producers working on organic farms as much as possible,

and to further expand the possibilty of tea production that does not burden the natural environment adversely, but rather that works in  harmony with it,

 

we must look not only at the immediate future of tea trends and sales figures, but look UP and OUT at the future of our region, and the upcoming generation.

 

Think and create your future.

 

It is my honor and passion to create such a teahouse.

 

Now, and pushing forward...



 

Natsumi Osada
Osada Tea Co., Ltd. 3rd generation National Tea Examination Technology 8th Dan
Born in 1977, Japanese tea instructor certification number 03-0687
2009 56th National Tea Examination Technology Tournament Winner (Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award)
2010 57th National Tea Examination Technology Tournament Runner-up
2011 58th Shizuoka Tea Industry Youth Group Tea Judging Technology Competition Winner (Prefectural Governor's Award)
2012 59th Shizuoka Tea Industry Youth Group Tea Examination Technology Competition Winner
2013 60th Shizuoka Tea Industry Youth Group Tea Examination Technology Competition Winner
2017 64th Shizuoka Tea Industry Youth Group Tea Examination Technology Competition Winner
2018 65th Shizuoka Tea Industry Youth Group Tea Judging Technology Competition Winner
2019 66th Shizuoka Tea Industry Youth Group Tea Judging Technology Competition Winner



 
 
I was involved in environmental issues when I was in college.
I've come to understand over the years the importance of going out and growing rice fields, cultivating fields, seeing rainforests, touching the site, and getting to know it personally...
 
Being immersed in the natural beauty of Mori-Machi of Shizuoka my desire to protect and promote the future of the environment drives me everyday.
 
I have always had an innate desire for consumers to have more direct accesses and opportunity to come into contact with farming sites.
 
Through organic farming, I've been able to understand the tougher parts of the art and science of cultivation and said method quite technically. In time I was gradually able to create an effective manual, and at a similar rate increase the number of associates, friends, and partners with the same passion to make organic tea in this area.
 
Now it is my time to give back and share this knowledge with others who are willing to learn from overseas.
 
Since this is a mountainous area, there are few diseases and insects, but there are some tea gardens that can hardly be used because they are inevitably damaged by insects during the second tea season in summer. Once killed by an insect, the buds cannot be harvested. This  is one of the major challenges in making organic tea.

I think that the recognition that we are stuck of sorts in this day and age... and reaching a limit in the industrial society up until now...
It is becoming more widely undertood that organics play a pivotol role in our future.

Doesn't it mean that we all have to change our lifestyle?
 

Takeshi Suzuki (Harunocho Isagawa, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Organic JAS / Production process management manager


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● Born in 1969 in Haruno-cho, Shuchi-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture as the fifth generation of a line of tea producers.
● Department of Agriculture and Forestry at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tsukuba. After graduating, he studied organic farming for a year while working as a research assistant under a university lecturer. There, he met a variety of people involved in organic matters, including farmers, livestock farmers, scholars, consumers, and production groups.
● After that, he returned to his hometown and started farming. His first step was his start  in helping his father make tea.

He set out with the impression: "Isn't it easy to make tea without pesticides?"
 However, his perseverance was tested with trial and error for serveral years.
● From around 1996, Takeshi's relationship with Osada Tea Co., Ltd. began.





 

So what does the actual thing look like?

 
This is a tea plantation at an altitude of about 400m- at this altitude not even an AC unit is needed in the summer. For the first three years of making the teas here pesticide-free, mites and insects would approach.
This is the phase and hurdle most farmers had a hard time getting over.
 
In the case of tea, the organic ideal can only be realized with the following conditions:
-If there is a fertilizer shop that provides good organic fertilizer that can concurrently be pesticide-free,
-If there is a farmer who wants to be pesticide-free,
-And if there is a tea producer who buys it.
 
When I first started, it was said that pesticide-free leaf wouldn't sell even if it was perfectly produced.
 
The general pattern is that the motivation for pesticide-free comes out only when there is customer demand.
It's a collaborative play between fertilizer shop, farmer and teahouse.
 
"Organics" is often referred to as a type of production. What constitutes the genuine production of organics? Can we define it?
Can the real thing even  be sold?
 
It is my conviction that the real thing is to "produce it" the same way that nature provides it.
 
Safety testing for pesticides should not be forumalated around the basis of whether or not they are OK or safe for adults to consume,
 
but whether it is okay at the sperm and egg level. Yes, plants are different from humans, but when you think from the prespective that we thrive in identical environments... it is clear we have at the core many identical points.

Here at the Isagawa Joint Tea Association, tea producers from the Harunocho Isagawa and Izumidaira districts, surrounded by the nature of the mountains, gather as a unified body to grow these teas completely organic.
 
From now on, we will aim for "truly organic teas" that live up the  standard and reputation of organics at every level.  I think that tea made with a "gentle and organic heart" full of perseverance and joy for nature is the best way to go about it.
 
 
 

Katsutoshi Izawa (Izumidaira District, Haruno Town, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Organic JAS / Rating Officer

 

 

"What you can do with OSADA TEA ..."

 
Over than 20 years ago, when the world wasn't very interested in organic farming ...
In 1998, Osada Seicha Co., Ltd. was enthusiastic about wanting producers in the Isagawa area of ​​Haruno-cho, Tenryu-ku, Hamamatsu City, who had been cultivating pesticide-free in the Izumidaira / Sunagawa area, to aspire to organic cultivation. 

At first, ten producers switched from pesticide-free to organic farming.
The area's organically grown tea production started from here.
After repeated trial and error, a concrete system for organic cultivation technology was solidified, and all the members of the Sunagawa Tea Cooperative Association were called on to join; from the spring of 2001, all the members started the switch to organic farming, and our efforts further solidifed.

The following year, the tea plantation of the Sunagawa Joint Tea Making Association in Haruno Town was certified as JAS, and since then, its reputation has become known far away in larger citiesaround Japan and overseas, its quality aslo being highly evaluated.

Blessed with abundant nature and people, please enjoy the safe and delicious organic tea that has been accumulated over many years and experience.