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Sencha - Zairai (Native Species)
Sencha - Zairai (Native Species)
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Sencha - Zairai (Native Species)

Chaya Suzuwa


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Sencha (green tea) from Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan. This is a native species of tea grown without the use of pesticides from tea plants that are over 100 years old. Tea leaves from seedling grown plants are rare and comprise less than 1% of Shizuoka plantations.

The tea is produced in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Native tea plants have deep roots, so their flavour varies depending on the nutrients in the area. A seedling grown tea plant will over time become a natural blend of different varieties of tea. This Zairai tea has been chosen for its strong flavour that showcases a balanced blend and a typical green tea finish.

The package illustrations references the animal characters found in the Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga - a famous 12th to 13th century series of picture scrolls depicting various scenes featuring animal and human characters.

  • Ingredients: Native species green tea
  • Volume: 50g



  1. Add 1 teaspoon (approximately 5g) of tea leaves into a teapot
  2. Pour about 120ml of  hot water (70-90 °C) into the teapot (Use water that have been filtered with Kishu binchotan, or if tap water was used, let it boil for more than 5 minutes for better flavour)
  3. Cover the teapot and wait for 65 seconds
  4. Pour the tea into a tea cup and enjoy.

When it is brewed at low temperature, you can enjoy an added umami taste and when brewed at high temperature the aroma is stronger. It is possible to make a second brew, by brewing the same tea leaves for 90 - 120 seconds.



    Chaya Suzuwa was established in 1848 in Shizuoka, the capital of one of the main tea producing regions of Japan. It has been blending and selling teas for more than 170 years and is committed to traditional selection and blending techniques. They emphasize that green tea drinking is an experience that combines aroma, taste, aftertaste, colour, freshness and flavour.