Home of green tea

Here 和束(Wazuka) where is in the south of Kyoto prefecture is a major source of Japanese green tea. The tea fields extent along Wazuka river. The fog often lay all around there and closes in over tea leaves and helps shade. So the taste of Wazuka tea will become more delicious.


A so kind acquaintance in Wazuka took us to the top of the tea field by his pickup truck. The truck climbed up on the winding, narrow, bumpy road with deadly speed. As we rode on the rear carrier, it turned to something like the ride in an amusement grounds. I enjoyed the thrill that I might be thrown off the truck.


                                                 Cosmos by the ridge


                                                 Harvest of Wazuka tea

When I stood up on the top of this tea field and looked down tea fields, golden rice field, houses etc, I felt I conquered this area. But when I was getting down there, a very big monkey crossed ahead of me. Nobody was there. I was so surprised that I couldn’t cry. Indeed, I have a experience that I was attacked by a monkey when I was a child. It’s a little kind of trauma for me. The monkey seemed not to aware of me.

                                            The view from the teafield

                                          Golden rice fields expands around the hills of tea

When we were going down at the teafield, we came across a local old woman with a long stick, a pistol( only sound for monkeys), and a watering can.

She said “Get down with carefully. Because more than one hundred monkeys came from this mountain now and they went the mountain over there but they will come back to this mountain soon.” A lot of mess of persimmon scattered around there.

Soon we encountered five monkeys. They were flying from a house to a house. We picked up some stones as a weapon for their attack. But as they disappeared,  I was very relieved. So I wasn’t tired to go up the tea field but monkeys terrified and exhausted me very much.

                                            The teafield like an arena theater

23 件のコメント:

sharon さんのコメント...

Interesting,great shots!! loved it

Spiderdama さんのコメント...

What an experience!
I have only seen monkeys at the zoo.
Beautiful pictures and landscapes. I like the angles of the photos and would love to visit this place:-)

Hope you have a happy Autumn, hugs from Tania

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

Paisagens muito bonitas.
Boa semana!
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orchid さんのコメント...

Dearest Sarah,
Good Morning from Yamaguchi-pref.
Wow, what beautiful pictures of tea fields; I am reading this post having a morning tea, my friend(*^_^*)
First for me to hear the name of the place 和束(Wazuka). "わずか"ではなくとても広い茶畑ですね~~~♡♡♡
I enjoyed the stunning pictures very much. Oh, monkey scared you! I've never been face to face with them, p;)
Love you always and big Hugs, xoxo Miyako*

joy さんのコメント...

Wow, what a wonderful place. And I love tea. Anyway, the monkeys will scare me too if I was there. Have a nice week:)

Rurousha さんのコメント...

Monkeys can have a very nasty bite. I'm glad you're OK!

The colours in these photos are stunning: the dark green tea, the golden rice, the red higanbana.

If I went up that hill, I wouldn't want to come down again. I'd want to sit there all day and stare at the scenery, with or without monkeys! :)

Arti さんのコメント...

I am glad that the monkeys did not hurt you and you acted brave! I thought monkeys jumping up and down like that were a phenomenon only common to India. Surprised to see that these mischievous creatures exist in Nara also.

The fields are beautiful, love the way they are carefully manicured adding more to its beauty. The flowers peeping out from the landscape are very captivating too. Wonderful commentary, stunning pictures - enjoyed the post thoroughly as always :)

Red Rose. さんのコメント...

Green Tomato

R.Ramakrishnan さんのコメント...

Hi Sarah
What a lovely,colorful,enchanting and captivating post. the pics of the hills, the valley,the rice fields and beautiful terraced tea gardens are enriching,enrapturing and endearing.Thank you and warm regards. Ram

haricot さんのコメント...

According to Red rose san's comment you went with her,I guess.
It seems you spent very spesific and agreeable moments, excert for monkeys. I wantes to see some photos of them, too.

snowwhite さんのコメント...

I have been fascinated by this beautiful place for a long time. I haven't visited it yet! sigh.
The color of leaves in this post seem more deeply green than the one of the former post.
Maybe in mountains, there are not enough food for the wild monkeys to prepare for a hush winter.
This place is like an isolated island and very special beautiful place - a hidden Paradise!!.
I enjoyed your photos so much. fabulous!!

Minoru Saito さんのコメント...

こんばんは。宇治茶の産地ですか。 人々が作り上げた美しい景色ですね。

stardust さんのコメント...

素敵なところですね。 緑の茶畑、黄金色の田んぼ、幾重にも連なる山々・・・、リピータになるお気持ちがよくわかります。 コスモスにバッタの組み合わせは珍しい気がしますが、ぼけがいい感じでゾクッとしました。なるほど、No. 12の段々畑はベルベットのすわり心地のいいアリーナ席に見えますね。 秋色の和束の風景、見せていただいてありがとう。

cosmos さんのコメント...


Forest Dream Weaver さんのコメント...

Sarah,these clipped tea bushes are very vibrant and beautiful and you have shown expansive views of the lovely patchwork landscape.
But where are the monkeys? This must have been quite a scary experience for you.Some fears from childhood stay with us forever!
Thanks for sharing your day out in the tea fields.

Have a good week!

Wendy さんのコメント...

What beautiful photos! I've never seen a monkey - except in a zoo. I'm glad you didn't have to fight them. What an experience!

匿名 さんのコメント...

thanks for sharing.

ruma さんのコメント...

Hello, sarah.

  Your exquisite work leads my impression.
  The passion for the art.  It is universal.

  Thank you visit to my garden.
  The prayer for all peace.

Have a good weekend. ruma❃

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Anunoy Samanta さんのコメント...

hi Sarah... those were some wonderful shots! in my state also there are plenty of tea gardens but somehow seeing them in your blog looked more beautiful :-)

Anunoy Samanta


Reflections さんのコメント...

Your photographs are beautiful, thanks for sharing them:-))!!!!

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

Olá, amiga!

Boa semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil

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匿名 さんのコメント...

OH my - those tea terraces are lovely. Fabulous shots!