Nakamura Chaho corporation was founded in 1884 in Matsue as a
separate branch of the Nakamura Suekichi firm, a tea
distributor based in Uji, Kyoto. Suekichi was famous for his
talent as a tea taster but also as the person who conceived
and built the first electric tea grinding machine in Japan.
The firm became a limited liability company in 1945. Mr. Akira
Nakamura (Suekichi's grandson) took office on November 1,
1981, as the third president.
company has the following features. First, to please our
customers, we endeavor to make high quality products. Nearly
half of our leave supply is produced organically, and for the
other half we require an analysis certificate, seeing to it
that the leaves are free of chemicals. Moreover, we do not use
additives in the blending process in our facilities.
we stick to both modern and traditional values. While
promoting innovations, we maintain the traditional assets
acquired by the company during its more than one hundred-year
history. We have got a three-tatami tea room ("Shogin-an")
of the Fumai Tea Ceremony style (left). We have also acquired
a hanging scroll of calligraphy from the same Matsudaira
(right). It contains the letter in which he named his favorite
tea, the "Naka no Shiro Tea."
Fumai, Matsue's seventh Matsudaira daimyo, was the most famous
tea master of the Edo era. He made a strong impact on the
Japanese tea ceremony and the Japanese culture.
we combine the experience of people of various horizons, ages,
and backgrounds. The company president, in his 70s, is
assisted by a general manager in his 40s. We also work with
foreigners here and have correspondents abroad. Our ultimate
goal is to develop both domestic and foreign sales.
have 34 employees organized in three divisions and five
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