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ABOUT SONOGI 

When Nagasaki was the only port in Japan open to foreign trade during the Edo period (1603–1868), the town of Higashisonogi was located at the important intersection where the Nagasaki Kaido road connecting Nagasaki to Edo (Tokyo) met the Hirado Kaido road linking Hirado to other regions in Kyushu. It was a vibrant post station town through which many people passed, including feudal lords heading to and from Edo due to the alternate-year residence policy as well as Dutch traders.

The female trader Ohura Keio first exported tea from Nagasaki to the United States in 1853, based on orders from a British tea trader, which marked the beginning of the tea export business in Japan. In recent years, tea distribution and trends in tea consumption have been constantly shifting, as represented by the appearance of convenient products like tea beverages in plastic bottles. The tea market has developed somewhat in a state of chaos.

To bring about change in this market, a young generation of tea farmers from old tea-growing families came together to build the future of the region in a completely new way.

They are the Tsunagu Sonogi Tea Farmers.

While looking back at the historical context of how tea was transported to Europe by the Dutch East India Company, this new generation of five tea farmers in Sonogi aspires to create fresh possibilities for tea.

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SONOGI TEA

On the plateau in Higashisonogi overlooking Omura Bay sits a tea plantation of approximately 400 hectares. Producing 750 tons annually, it accounts for 60% of the entire tea in Nagasaki Prefecture and is one of the major tea production areas in the whole of Japan.

Sonogi tea is carefully managed, such as cultivating soil in the ideal way for growing organic tea crops and producing tea leaves suitable for steamed tamaryokucha (fine Japanese green tea) by developing facilities that adjust direct sunlight in order to extract the umami taste from the tea. These efforts result in a profound, well-rounded flavor as well as scent that have been highly praised for their quality.

Situated in the middle of Nagasaki Prefecture and facing the beautiful Omura Bay, the town of Higashisonogi, where Sonogi tea is produced, is known for its agriculture, including tea, strawberry, asparagus, orange, and rice, along with a vibrant fishing industry.

In recent years, the area has partnered with a European tour provider called Green Tea Rhythm to offer stays at the homes of tea farmers, receiving acclaim on a par with visits to the Kyoto and Mount Fuji regions.

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FARMERS

Young tea farmers from established tea-growing families in Sonogi present
the world with new ways to make and enjoy tea. These five farmers are just like us.

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GREEN TEA TIPS

Young tea farmers from established tea-growing families in Sonogi present
the world with new ways to make and enjoy tea. These five farmers are just like us.

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CONTACT

EUROPE / JAPAN

For more information please contact us at: 
info@sonogitea.com