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Manufacturing Method for Making Matcha

"Magouemon", A Producer with Imagination to Create
the Traditional but Innovative World of Tea

Our manufacturing method for making Matcha is composed of 12 processes.
Each process is controlled precisely and strictly to keep our best quality. 


Uji saicha shi was a procession that carried Uji tea leaves, one of the specialties of Uji City, Kyoto, in a chatsubo (tea jar) to be presented to the Tokugawa Shogunate Family.

The new harvested tea was brought to Edo in this big procession between late in April and beginning of May every year. And the Kachigashira (a chief of foot soldiers in the Edo period) took responsibility of carrying the tea jar in rotation.

The number of the people joined in this procession was more than 1000 at peak, because, besides the leader and security guards, lots of masters ("Sadou-Gashira") and teachers ("Sadou-shuu") of tea ceremonies were also in it. The leader of this procession was appointed to the successive patriarchs of the family Kanbayashi which was a Daikan (local governor) in the Uji Area. As the tea leaves were for the Shogun to drink and to offer to the Tokugawa family's Sobyo (mausoleum containing the remains of their ancestors), the Ochatsubo Dochu procession was immensely authoritative.

The procession was regarded the same as Sekkanke (the families of regents and chief advisors to the Imperial Family) and Monzeki (temples whose head priest is a member of the Imperial family), and even the lords of Tokugawa Gosanke (three privileged branches of the Tokugawa family) had to get off their palanquin, their vassals dismount from their horses, to make way for the Ochatsubo Dochu procession.

Elaborate Michi Bushin (road improvement) was ordered in advance for the roads that the precession would follow, and even during the farming season rice planting was prohibited. Common people who lived by the roads who were afraid of the authoritative procession shut their doors and kept inside as the procession passed by. This sceneries were described in one of the famous nursery rhymes "Zui Zui Zukkorobashi".

Almost every Japanese has heard it but not so many Japanese don't know this episode.