Yamashita Toshikazu has garnered more than six decades of experience in the production and the cultivation of Gyokuro. The variety in his garden is unparalleled and singular to the world of tea cultivation. He has received several prestigious awards from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). In 1991, Mr.Yamashita presented Temomi - the art of handcraft tea- to his Majesty, the Emperor and his wife.