Darjeeling unrest threatens tea shortage

Aug 4, 2017

Darjeeling unrest threatens tea shortage

The world faces a shortage of prized Darjeeling tea because of deadly unrest in the idyllic Indian Himalayan foothills where it is grown. In the dozens of lush green plantations across the picturesque hill station, the June-August harvest season normally provides the bulk of the ...

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

Feb 20, 2016

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

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A traditionally working-class neighborhood in Tokyo that rose from the ashes to become one of the city's favorite retreats lies a stone's throw east of the Sumida River across from Nihombashi. In the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district, where cafes and boutiques have cropped up like wild flowers ...

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

May 5, 2015

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in India's Assam. "Do you think 3,000 rupees ($48) are enough when your monthly expenses can be double that?" she mumbles, as she puts on her jaapi ...