Welcome to Nari Japan Fest 2024!
Nari Tea and the Fukuroi City Government have collaborated on bringing Tea Makers and Artisans from Shizuoka, Kyoto and Tokyo to Helsinki for a series of in-person workshops and experiences. Back by popular demand, our tea farmer Mr. Morishita from Fukuroi, Shizuoka and our long-time tea producer friend Uyo Okabe bring their experience, knowledge, and love for Japanese tea culture to the Nari Tea Lab. Also returning this year is Tokyo-based Wagashi (Traditional Japanese Confections) maker, instructor, and author Yukako Yasuda.
This year we are extremely honored to be joined by Toshiyuki Matsubayashi, the man behind the Asahiyaki Shop and Gallery. Asahiyaki is one of the most storied names in ceramics, making the best handmade teawares for 16 generations in Uji, Kyoto. We will be hosting an exhibition of Asahiyaki ceramics, including some prized pieces made by his brother the 16th Hosai or head artisan of Asahiyaki. As an extra treat, he will also be bringing many pieces that you can acquire, including Hohin pots, cups, matcha bowls, and flower vases.
We’ve got a whole lot of special events in store for newcomers and returning Japan Fest guests alike! Alongside the brewing, wagashi, and blending workshops from last year we will also have advanced workshops, for those looking to elevate their craft. Nari Japan Fest II culminates in a very special Rinkan Tea and Sauna Ceremony (淋汗茶会) in collaboration with Kulttuurisauna and Murasaki.