After driving hillside of south edge of Kyoto prefecture along Wazuka river for about 30 minutes, we can see the vast Japanese tea field ,which is home of Uji-cya is called Wazuka Chagenkyo. Uji-cya is one of excellent Japanese green teas in Japan. Tea-field expands on slopes and stretchs about 6km both sides of the river. Ridges of tea-trees look like green waves or patchwork. This tea fields in Wazuka-cyo were listed in Cultural Scenery of Kyoto lately.
Unfortunately when we visited there, tea-picking was almost over.
Speaking of tea-picking, there is a tea-picking song. This song expresses a scene of tea-picking of farmers. When I was a child, this song was in the music-textbook of elementary school. We learned it.
Many Japanese beautiful scenes in the four seasons were expressed by beautiful Japanese words were in the textbook in those days. I like these songs. Some words of them may not be used now,I wonder? And I wonder how many songs are left in a textbook now? We used to play Otedama,singing this song.
|These leaves will be picked for pet- bottles from now.|
|The trees this side are cut green leaves and its brownish is tea trees.|
|Persimmon trees are left among tea trees. This is feature here .|
Farmers cut trees of mountains by hatchets and cultivated there and planted tea trees. When vitality of tea trees declined, they replaced to vigorous trees. They repeated this unremittingly from ancestor to descendant. Green tea field blend with farmers village. So we can see here where green tea field unifies the life of farmers. That is to say , here is a typical Satoyama (in Japanese).
|Scene of Satoyama|
We had a cup of Sencha tea (a kind of green tea) at the information. Its color was greenish golden and tasted a little bit sweet.
|In this season farmers cut tea-trees low so that they can work easily. Those leaves are not processed for tea.|
|extra appearance from Nara park|