National Geographic : 1923 Oct
©Herbert G.Ponting PICKING TEA ON THE HILLS AND GROWING RICE ON THE PLAINS: JAPAN The largest tea-growing district in Japan centers about the town of Shizuoka. About one millionJapanese areemployed inraising tea,and I20,ooo acres of land are required. The best leaf is grown around Kyoto, but most of it is consumed inJapan itself. Allleaves must bepicked by hand, and at the busy season every man, woman, and child goes out to labor. After picking, the tea isdried and fired, and themethod offiring determines whether the tea shall be "green" or "black." The white squares in the background are rice fields.