Scenes from Uji, Japan, Home of Our 2010 Imperial Gyokuro

Photos of our gyokuro tea farm in Uji, Japan.

From top:
  • Close-up view of traditional straw mats used for shading

  • Under the rice straw mats shading a traditional gyokuro garden

  • A gyokuro tea garden shaded with traditional bamboo mats

  • Finishing the gyokuro

  • Freshly picked gyokuro leaves

  • Tea ladies who pick gyokuro are highly skilled and well paid. An experienced tea lady can pick about 5kg of top-grade leaves in a 10-hour shift

  • An Uji tea farm with some of the gyokuro shaded the traditional way, with bamboo and rice straw, and other areas covered with the convenient, modern version: black nylon netting