Last additions - Birthplace of Nagatani Soen 永谷宗円生家
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Hoiro, a hot drying plate for kneading tea buds to make sencha. It produced excellent color, aroma, and taste of sencha tea. He taught his technique to anybody who flocked to his home. It spread nationwide and his basic technique is still in wide use today. Jul 20, 2017
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Grid underneath the hoiro.Jul 20, 2017
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Inside Nagatani Soen's birthplace home (replica). There's a video explaining the process.Jul 20, 2017
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Nagatani Soen's birthplace home (replica).Jul 20, 2017
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His birthplace house is a replica in Yuyadani, Ujitawara. Open only on Sat. and Sun. Jul 20, 2017
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Nagatani Soen's birthplace is not easily accessible unless you have a car.Jul 20, 2017
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In 1738, Nagatani Soen basically invented sencha green tea by using a kneading process for young tea leaves. He used a hot drying plate called hoiro to knead the steamed tea buds by hand to dry them. The process is called aosei sencha seiho. Jul 20, 2017
   
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