Tea fields

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Here are some pictures of tea fields around my house. Visible in the upper left area are white bags lain out at the ends of some rows. You can also see two figures cutting the tea by hand. When the tea is ready they cut from about 5:00 am to sunset and try to get it all in the roaster the same day. It makes for a really long day for them. Around here the tea is cut 3 times. The first cut is around April. That tea is the big money maker bringing in about 2,000 to 3,000 yen a kilo. The next cutting is about 4 weeks after the first and 10 kilo bags cost about 2,000 yen. This year there was a second cutting of higher quality that I bought for about 1,000 yen a kilo. I drink it year round 6 or 7 times a day.  The top picture shows a close up of a row, the left half having been cut the right will be cut on the way back down.tea fields

 220 volt fans are visible. They are turned on after the new leaves bloom in about the end of February or the beginning of March. There is a thermostat attached to them so if the temperature falls close to freezing they will automatically kick in. They aren’t that large but there is a noticeable drop in temperature outside around my house when they run.

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