• Kyodo


A 1-kilogram batch of hand-rolled new Japanese tea leaves from Shizuoka Prefecture sold for a record ¥1.96 million ($15,500) at the season’s inaugural auction on Monday.

The green tea leaves were grown in Fujinomiya, and sold at the Shizuoka Japanese Tea Market’s annual auction to ring in the latest crop. Shizuoka Prefecture is renowned in Japan for its green tea. The market officials said that although this year’s tea grew more slowly than usual, its quality remains good.

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