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Green tea goes top-shelf as innovation boils over in Uji

Japan's historic tea region is making new fans and attracting foreign tourists

Wazuka's mountainside tea fields (Photo by Makoto Okada)

UJI, Japan Not content to sit on its laurels as purveyors of the national drink, Japan's green tea industry is trying new ways to get people to enjoy the eons-old beverage.

An example of this is Rishouen Tea, a tea producer that is making a name for itself by offering single field teas, or teas made from leaves cultivated in the same field.

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