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About ‘Buji’

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Becoming able to perfectly execute an art is not where our realization of mastery ends, it is where the journey towards true mastery begins.

 

 

 

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Visiting The Shapers Of The Japanese Tea Of The Future.

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I believe that tea is not suited for mass production. On the contrary, it must be savored and treasured with great care and compassion, as it is the life and energy of the bush that we are allowed to receive.

 

 

 

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Identifying The Crux To True Tea-Farming

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Having managed to reject false agricultural “common sense”, and having instead learned indeed to trust even robust branches to decompose of their own accord, and into a source of sustenance for whatever grows nearby, these devoted cultivators have by now identified the crux to true tea-farming.  

 

 

 

 

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Tea Doesn't Need Us To Help It Grow.

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Eschewing use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides means that the work required by spraying bushes and tampering with soil-composition is eliminated, thereby not only reducing labor but also avoiding the expense of purchasing unnatural additives for the tea-bush. And it happens that this approach at the same time results in an unaltered product notable for purity of flavor, and endowed with the traits and strength of nature itself.

 

 

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The Maliciousness Of Agricultural Chemicals.

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Today, Tokuya continues his efforts to produce a truly healthy and poison-free tea, and has begun to apply the same method on other agricultural products. His experience, and what this taught him is valuable information, which he thrives to share with others in order to raise awareness about the existence of the issues he suffered. His hopes are that this may aid more people to recognize the source of certain discomforts, and in the long run that no one more needs to endure similar hardship.

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The Efficiency of Machines vs. Our Preference of Taste

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I am in favor of re-discovering the true tradition of Japanese tea through fragrance and scent. Do you choose the illusion of health, or are you in favor of sharing in the joy of a truly delicious tea? It is my feeling that the true future of Japanese green tea lies in the possibilities of withering.

 

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How Machinery Changed the Landscape of Tea Farming

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Where harvesting by hand didn’t require a dedicated shape of bush, machinery however demanded an equal surface in order to smoothly glide over the trees, and gather leaves in a single stretch. Drawn by the promise of a 60 times higher produce, the implementation of machinery prospered, and with it the layout of traditional tea gardens changed forever.

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Comparing Japanese Oolong

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Japanese oolong is marching towards a new future in the realm of Japanese tea. While producers are still in search of best practices to solidify the 'Japanese' character of slightly oxidised teas, every new batch is slightly altered for the better. Since we ran out of our 2015 batch of Koshun Oolong, I compared it to the new 2016 batch before I went on to replenish our stocks.

 

 

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The power of acceptance - Dealing with difficult situations

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The first step in dealing with a difficult situation is to temporarily let go of it and accept that it exists. As a wise Zen master once said when a pupil entered his quarters with a million questions, “Sit. Let’s have tea in silence first!”

 

 

 

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Meditation in Hospitality; Hospitality in Meditation

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The rite of tea is meditation in practice. It is only through the exercise in hospitality that this rite becomes meditational, and it is meditational because the activity and environment demands the practitioner’s full attention and focus. Through meditation, an adept trains in 1) introspection to understand and accept his/her true nature, and 2) selflessness to take peace with who he/she in essence is to enable oneself to fully commit to love and give to others. It is this component of meditation that is essential to the rite of tea, for without the ability to unconditionally love and give to others, a service of tea cannot come about.

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