The photos are of Kumamoto Prefecture's Tea Research Center (a.k.a. "Chaken"). Chaken is where new cultivars of tea are developed and tested by researchers funded by the prefectural government of Kumamoto — where our grower–artisans ply their trade.
Only teas that pass the rigorous taste-testing shown in the photographs proceed to the next step.
These new cultivars include ones with greater natural resistance to the various natural foes of the tea plant. Or just cultivars with better flavor or aroma.
Well, not "better," because tea is such a matter of individual taste, yes? Because one person's oversteeping is another person's just right.
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