Kaneroku Matsumoto-en

Kaneroku Matsumoto-en

 Matsumoto-san and family still produce tea on the Makinohara plateau where their ancestors began, about seventy years ago during the Edo period.  Their innovative use of various wood smokes have won them a number of awards overseas, most recently at the 2018 Concours de The Japonais in Paris.

 They continue to this day to use the traditional chagusaba, or tea-grass farming method, to nourish the soil and grow superior tea plants.  Chagusaba, a UN recognized agricultural system, are semi-natural grasslands, interspersed between tea fields, that help maintain biodiversity and endangered habitats.