Schools in the Fujisawa area have closing ceremonies today, and summer vacation starts tomorrow.
I can't wait for the end of the rainy season.
Last weekend on the 14th, I returned safely from Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka for the first time gave me a lot of excitement and healing.
The tea garden was particularly impressive.
After an early morning tour of the tea plantation factory in Nuwara Eliya, we all headed to the tea plantation.
Beautiful greenery as far as the eye can see when you go down the steep stairs from the rest house near the factory.
All the steep slopes are tea plantations.
As I walked down the narrow unpaved road, I saw a figure in the field.
They are tea pickers.
The tea pickers smiled at us, but their hands picked the tea leaves at a tremendous speed.
I also forcibly clung to the tea picker and tried picking tea.
Tea leaves pick one core and two leaves (a sprout and two new leaves under it), but do the tea pickers look at it and pick it? I was picking it as early as I thought.
When I picked tea leaves cautiously, I asked in Japanese, "Is this okay?"
It's surprisingly difficult.
Finally, I shook hands with Mr. Chatsumi!
The hands of the tea pickers were small, firm and hard... but very warm.
Thanks to the hands of the tea pickers, I am now able to drink delicious black tea in Japan and enjoy my work every day.
I also enjoyed the hotel life in Sri Lanka on the tour.
From modern hotels in Colombo to hotels in renovated tea factories, resort hotels and so on. . .
I will report back next time! The Sri Lanka tour in October is a new course.
I want to go again! I'm full of feelings.