Gyokuro is the highest grade Japanese green tea. It is cultivated in a special way. The name refers to the pale green color of the infusion. During my visit to Japan, I was able to visit Mr. Maejima, a well-respected master of the art of Gyokuro making.
Mr. Maejima lives in Okabe, a small village close to Fujieda in the Shizuoka Prefecture. He won three gold medals for the best Gyokuro, more gold medals at the international green tea exhibition, and was recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture for the outstanding quality of his teas.