Reiganji temple, Yame, Fukuoka=ken, island of Kyushu, Japan. The origin of one of Fukuoka’s local specialties, Yame tea, is said to date back 600 years to when Buddhist monk Shuzuizenji brought tea seeds back from from Ming Dynasty China, planted them around Reiganji Temple in Kasahara (Kurogi Town), and passed along the production method..Kenchasai (or the “Bestowing of Tea”) Festival is a traditional event held every year in Shuzuizenji’s honor. The festival takes place at Reiganji Temple on May 2. It features an open-air tea ceremony as well as sales of the first tea of the season!
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