It is a busy time here at Yamanien. Spring is in full bloom and our Camellia sinensis shrubs are coming to life! Yes... Shincha season is almost here.

In preparation for the busy season, we have added 5 new Yamanien Teas to our Online Storefront. We hope you will sample each and every in your own tearoom.

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Early to bed, early to rise? These words of wisdom have been passed down generation after generation, and for good reason! But in reality, it doesn't always work out that way.

One of the motivating forces I include into my early-morning regimen is brewing that first pot of Green Tea. There is something magical about the entire process of choosing the right cup, the best tea and Kyusu to match my mood. Will it be a full-bodied Genmaicha with Matcha in a strong Bizen Yunomi, or a vibrant Kuki-cha in a thick creamy Hagi-yaki vessel? Either way, this is the perfect morning pick-me-up!
Matcha Iri Genmaicha (left) Kuki-cha (right)

Another morning essential is Sencha Yogurt. It is a delicious and amazingly simple way to include all of the health benefits of Green Tea into your traditional morning menu.

Start with your favorite plain yogurt and add 1/2 teaspoon of Sencha Powder per 100-gram serving. Also try accentuating the overall sweetness of Green Tea with a teaspoon of 100% pure honey.

A fantastic way to start the day!

        Sencha Yogurt

Ingredients  for 2 servings
  • 100 grams of your favorite plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Sencha Tea Powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of 100% pure honey
Stir Tea Powder to blend with the yogurt until you reach a bright green uniform consistancy.

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One of the most versatile and popular ways to enjoy Green Tea is Sencha Tea Powder. Sencha leaves are processed using a stone mortar of ceramic grinder to a super-fine powder where it can be used in a variety of fun and imaginative ways.

As it is made from 100% pure Sencha leaves, it has the same full-bodied sweetness as its brewed cousin, but comes with the benefit of easily accessible to those on the move.
Sencha Tea Powder
A teaspoon of Sencha Powder in a glass of cold water is fast and refreshing way to enjoy the beauty and sweetness of Iced Green Tea, not to mention the list of health benefits!

Try freezing the above simple recipe in ice cube trays and add Green Tea ice-cubes to your Iced Green Tea. This will allow you to enjoy the rich, full flavor without any dilution. The color is brilliant and your guests will never forget it!

While in the office, on the road, or whenever you don't have easy access to a Kyusu, or Japanese teapot, put a teaspoon of Sencha Powder in your favorite cup and add boiling water for instant Green Tea! All of the flavor, color, and rejuvenating elements of  fully-infused Sencha anywhere, anytime. 

Yamanien Sencha Powder is a lush, densely flavored powder made from our Shizen Shitate Green Tea Shrubs. 

Available in 50 gram resealable pouch and individual 2 gram serving sticks. 

Contact us for details.

Yamanien Sencha now goes anywhere you go with Sencha Powder.

It could be argued that the term Mottainai is the saving grace for the welfare of our beautiful Planet Earth and future of all humanity.  Originating in Buddhist philosophy and referring to the act of misusing or wasting something that which is sacred or highly respected, it is akin to the environmental ethos , "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". 

Mottainai as a term has been adopted by Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winning environmental and political activist as a concept of living responsibly and with respect for our only home, this small, blue planet, placing a focus on frugality and conservation.

Mottainai is often heard today as a succinct reminder to not let anything useful go to waste. Yamanien lives with the spirit of Mottainai in all of our affairs, from the recycling of discarded portions of our Tea bushes into mulch and soils and more importantly for our customers, introducing traditional and creative ideas on how to enjoy the infused tea leaves in your kyusu, or tea pot.

For centuries, green tea growers have used these leaves in their everyday cooking. Perhaps the simplest and most savory preparation is to dress the infused tea leaves with a light sprinkling of Katsuobushi, succulent flakes of dried Skipjack tuna, and top with Japanese Ponzu, delicious mixture of savory soy sauce, sweet sake, mirin, and a selection of Japanese citrus fruit such as yuzu, daidai, kabosu, or sudachi.
Kumonoseki leaves with Katsuobushi and Ponzu
Pictured above is a single setting of our award-winning Sencha, Kumonoseki with Katsuobushi and Ponzu. We could never let the phenomenal texture and flavor of these leaves go to waste and we hope you will try this simple, yet extravagant idea for yourself. These delectable morsels will compliment any Japanese-influenced mealtime, or even add a vibrant and delightfully balanced counter-point to any menu, as an appetizer, between courses to clear the palate, or on the side with any fish or seafood serving.

Of course, this idea is perfectly suited to all of our Sencha varieties, but Kumonoseki is my personal favorite as it retains its beautiful appearance, even after a third infusion, and has the most delicate and appetite stimulating flavor. 

As this recipe has its roots in the humble tea rooms and estates of rural Japan, you are not likely to ever find it on the menu of even the finest Japanese restaurants. 

Truly a gourmet item for you to enjoy in your own home.

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We are thrilled to finally bring our selection of teas to our friends and Green Tea lovers all over the world. We hope that you will read more about us on our website and familiarize yourself with The Yamanien Way of creating a fantastically rich Sencha Green Tea experience.

All of our teas are grown with the same level of care and attention to detail in the most ideal environment possible. Central Shizuoka is widely known for its prime tea growing regions, but we feel that our unique eastern locale midway between Suruga Bay, the surrounding historical Izu Peninsula, and on the foothills of Fuji-san has graced us with an opportunity to surpass all expectations of what a world-class Sencha can be.

"Irasshaimase" and welcome to our new online home and blog. We will update our site with news from our gardens, tea events, open house photos, and other related news from our community of friends within Japan and around the world.

We look forward to hearing from you and to someday see you in our Tearoom. 


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