★The story behind the birth of Biwa Tea from Iwai-shima Island★
is an island called Iwai-shima in Kaminoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Since the
plan to build a nuclear power plant on its opposite shore was made public in
1982, about 90% of the residents in this heart-shaped island have been against
Women in the island started sanchoku group in order to strengthen the economic basis
(foundation?) of the community so that they would not need to rely upon the
revenue promised with the construction of the power plant.
Iwai-shima Island is known as the producer of the fruit
called biwa. Residents of the island have long made make tea with its leaves.
Based on this experience, the women of the island decided to sell organic biwa
tea, and this tea came to be known by many, through the support of women in
different parts of the country.
★Biwa Tea Today★
30 years later, Biwa Tea became a very popular product, one
that is often sold out.