A summary of our visit to a friend's chabatake (tea farm) in Saitama is up and ready for reading over at the Real Time Farms blog. While the farm is not the sole source of their income, it is undoubtedly a treasured family place. Like so many others, the family voluntarily decided not to sell this year's crop, focusing instead on getting ready for next year's harvest.
The photo here is from the day we shared with the family in Saitama. Despite the fact that we were the visitors, in true Japanese fashion, they gave us a few small gifts. One of these, of course, was some of their tea. This was the note attached to the packet.