Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Tea Garden

Traditional Tea-grass Integrated System in Shizuoka (Chagusaba)

Chagusaba Farming Method is a traditional agricultural technique in this area.
It maintains grasslands around tea fields to supply mulch and improve the quality of tea.
Green tea farmers cut the grass in late autumn. Then they dry and cut them to cast in between the tea bush farrows. this time and labor consuming process is added to regular green tea farming to produce high quality green tea leaves. The decreasing number of plant species in Japan such as Sasayuri (Lilium Japonicum) and Kawaranadeshiko (Dianthus Superbus) grow in thiss area. You can also find many animals and insects including grasshoppers called Kakegawa fukibatta which are indigenous species in Shizuoka. This farming method has preserved the coexistence of agricultural activities and biodiversity.

*Chagusaba Farming Method in Shizuoka was designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) in 2013.

  • Grass is cut at the end of autumn.

    Grass is cut at the end of autumn.

  • Make grass dry.

    Make grass dry.

  • The grass which dried is cut.

    The grass which dried is cut.

  • cast in between the tea bush farrows.

    Cast in between the tea bush farrows.

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