The Mizoguchi family, owners of Ujien (the Japan based parent tea company), have been engaged in cultivating tea in Kumamoto for many generations. It is the only tea provider in Onomichi, Hiroshima that has a history tracing back to four hundred years ago. The current CEO, Yoshiki Mizoguchi, is also an outstanding tea master. He inherited the essence of the Ueda Soko Traditions, “No matter where, only by using the real japanese tea raw materials, you can produce the authentic tea.” The Mizoguchi family goals include introducing not only authentic Japanese teas, but also the Japanese tea ceremony culture to the entire world.
The tea tradition in Japan was established during the thirteenth century by Zen master Eisai. He traveled back to Japan from China with green tea seeds, which led to the future developments of Teaism (茶道／さどう、ちゃどう), or “the way of tea.”