Thursday, July 14, 2011

Radiation and Japanese tea

TeaMuse has a thorough, well-researched article on radiation in Japan and how it has been affecting tea.

Some bad new, to be sure, but good news for Kumamoto tea (that's us):

Yes, most of Japan’s tea is safe. Tea from the Uji region, and the Yame, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures have not been found to have any radiation to date; they are all west of areas where radiation has been found.

And good news for Kyushu tea in general (Kumamoto is on Kyushu):

Japan’s second largest tea growing region is Kagoshima on the island of Kyushu, which thousands of kilometers away from Fukushima – a similar distance separates New York and Denver.

Of course we are all hoping that the crisis in Fukushima is cleared up as soon as possible, and the people of Fukushima come out of this safe and healthy.

A pond near the Shirakawa river fountainhead [suigen], in the foothills of Mt. Aso.

A bridge over Shirakawa river.

—Mellow Monk


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