Shizuoka Visiting for Advantageous Industry, Overseas Exchanges for Tea Scientific Research — 2018 Tea Science Training in Shizuoka


    Japanese tea industry has distinct characteristics. Their tea is mainly produced in Shizuoka, where different tea research institutes, academic units, production enterprises, tea tourism facilities and others tea companies are distributed. Tea resources in Japan are widely used in food, daily chemicals and cultural tourism industries with relatively high technology. With an invitation from Shizuoka University, teachers and students from the Tea Science Department of Agriculture and Biotechnology College of Zhejiang University carried out the Tea Science Training in Shizuoka among the 4th and 9th October, 2018.

    In Shizuoka University, professors from Agriculture Ministry, Dr. SAYAMA Kazutoshi and Dr. MORITA Akio gave us a warm welcome and guiding visit to their laboratories. The history and progress of tea science research in Shizuoka University are introduced. Dr. SAYAMA presented his research work entitled Anti-obesity mechanism of tea components, and a doctoral students Mr. Yamashita also presented his work Unique, Interesting & Important Tea Plant, that introduced recent development of tea breeding in Japan. The discovery and breeding methods of new varieties of yellowish varieties in Koganemidori draw attract for students to pose their questions and exchange ideas.

    In Japanese National Tea Research Institute, the director introduced the situation of tea planting and cultivation in the form of a lecture entitled Tea Cultivation in Japan. Our students actively communicated in what they concern, including the modern management model of tea gardens, the differences in classified characteristics of Japanese steamed green tea and so on. Later, Dr. YAMADA Ryutaro led us to their tea factory in the institute, and explained in details about the technical principles in each steps. After that, leaders of the institute led us to the plantation area under jurisdiction, and interpreted the mechanized operation mode on each mechanical equipments.

    In Shizuoka National Tea Museum, the exhibition director explained the history and current situation of the world's and Japanese tea industry, especially the inheritance and development of steamed tea and Matcha in Japan. In Kawasoki Machinery Co., Ltd., two leaders of the Overseas Affairs Department of the enterprise held a lecture on the mechanization of Japanese tea, and a lecture on the principle of rapid detective equipment for tea. Subsequently, we visited the workshop of tea processing equipment, matcha tea production equipment workshop, tea packaging equipment workshop and so on.

    In these six days, besides scientific communication, the students also experienced different kinds of tea ceremonies in Japan, and appreciated a lot of by-products. And before the end of the trip, the students held a 3-minute TED in Shizuoka to express their passionate thoughts of this trip.

    As a major, tea science is typically characterized. In terms of scientific research and industrial cognition, this practical exchange is conducive to stimulate innovative consciousness, to cultivate innovative thinking, international vision of our undergraduate has also been actively expanded, and the mission and responsibility of this major is shown in global tea industry.