Camellia and Persimmon

Camellia and Persimmon

A glimpse of a tea plantation in Wazuka, Kyoto. The soft and sinuous shape of the rows of Camellia Sinensis are contrasted by the the rough and stark branches of the Persimmon trees. The complementarity of the two figures and their colors creates a beautiful balance which represents the perfection of nature in Japan during Autumn.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 95mm
Shutter time: 1/25 s
Aperture: F/4
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

You can find the full blog post about the culture and history of tea in Japan at the following page: Tea culture in Japan: history, tradition and plantation of Wazuka

 

 

Enkei Chabatake tea field

Enkei Chabatake a unique tea field in Japan.

Enkei Chabatake tea field. In Harayama, Wazuka (Japan) there is a tea field that grows in a small space, at the edge of a wood, on a steep slope, and its unique circular shape is amazing: the perfectly trimmed rows of hedges wane along the curved survace, creating a mesmerizing effect.
The diagonal light of the afternoon produces a “chiaroscuro” pattern caused by the shadow of a row projected on the row below and on the space between them.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax SMC K 30mm F2.8
Focal lenght: 30mm
Shutter time: 1/80 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

You can find the full blog post about the culture and history of tea in Japan at the following page: Tea culture in Japan: history, tradition and plantation of Wazuka

 

Chatsumi

Chatsumi

Chatsumi. Japan. Chatsumi (茶摘み) is the japanese traditional method of picking tea leaves. In Wazuka, the rural area of Kyoto, during the sunny seasons there’s the chance to take part to this educational activity, in which typical clothes and tools are illustrated and used.
This is undoubtedly a fascinating jump in the past, to discover one of the many traditions of Japan.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: Pentax SMC DFA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR
Focal lenght: 100mm
Shutter time: 1/500 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO160

 

You can find the full blog post about the culture and history of tea in Japan at the following page: Tea culture in Japan: history, tradition and plantation of Wazuka

 

Brushing the tea

Brushing the tea

Brushing the tea. Japan. A tea farmer inspecting his plantation in Wazuka, Kyoto. Taking care of tea growth is an essential part of farmer’s work because, depending on the period of the year and on the size of the leaves, the resulting tea will be very different.
This is one of the moments that I appreciated most during my visits to the tea fields of Wazuka: a simple gesture, brushing the tea, which shows how much the farmer is involved in what he does; there is not only the professionalism in knowing how to inspect the leaves to understand if everything is going well, but there is also an “emotional” bond towards the life that sprouts and grows. For me it was touching, in a certain way, to note that not everything is now mechanized and managed automatically, to maximize productivity but, in places like these, there is still a real closeness between man and nature. A knowledge handed down and refined with experience.

To capture this moment I’ve used my Pentax K-5 with the Pentax 100mm F2.8 tele lens; I loved this view so much that I visited this spot again in a different season to capture it again.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: Pentax SMC DFA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR
Focal lenght: 100mm
Shutter time: 1/320 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO160

 

You can find the full blog post about the culture and history of tea in Japan at the following page: Tea culture in Japan: history, tradition and plantation of Wazuka

 

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