This world tea festival is celebrated once every three years in Japan. In the festival the experts taste the different varieties of teas grown on the slopes of Shizuoka in central Japan. Julia Silalahi, Commercial attache, Indonesia Embassy in Japan says that, “Initially we used to drink, not green tea but black tea. But now on, everybody knows that green tea is very good for our heart.” Tea industry leaders also lead the festival. Mitsuru Shirai, who heads Shizuoka prefecture's office for tea and agricultural produce, says that, “It is tea that has created us, and tea festival is a combined celebration of culture and industry.
But in the weeks after the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima, when reactors set into meltdown after the Tsunami, and a cloud of radiation drifted over parts of Japan - the radiation also affected the tea, and 162 kilograms of dried leaves were seized at Paris, as they found it above safety limits. And after this disaster the Institute for Research on Tea, analyses soil samples for signs of contamination.
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