Overview

“From our own Tea Garden until our own Factory”

“Kodawari” without using Chemical

About 20 years ago, Yasuhisa Horiguchi noticed that using chemicals kill not only pest but also some natural part. He was struggling to find a way to grow tea wihout using chemical everyday. One day, after a big typhoon, he realized that all the pest have diseappered blown away by the wind. With that hint, he started to develop a machine focused on wind and water pressure. From that time no matter if it was day or night, he immersed himself into steady study, forgetting sometimes food and drink. When he was almost feeling on the point to give up, the smile of customers encouraged him. Almost years later, after failure and failures, he finally succeed; the sprinkling/strong wind prevention machine “Hurikane King” was born. This machine respect the ecosystem of nature in our tea garden and allow us provide a tea that doesn’t need chemicals against pest. Today, It still protect our tea garden. There is even now a new machine call “Steam Buster SL” that use hot water with high pressure to prevent the weed from growing. In , all those effort make us abble to acquired the FSSC which is a world food safety standard. We have this certification from our ownTea garden until our own factory. We deeply blieve that :“Good for nature is good for human”.

HISTORY

 
1948
Horiguchiseicha Founded
 
1982
It suffers catastrophic damage overnight. It was an expensive but valuable tuition fee.
 
「ariakemidori」Sales start
 
First sale leaflet
 
1989
Founded wakohen, opened the first wakohen store (Ariake store) Opening a store not only to make tea but also to see the reaction of customers
 
「undamoshitan」Sales start
 
「ryokucyamonogatari」 Sales start
 
2005
wakohen packaging finishing factory newly established
 
2007
wakohen harada open
 
2008
Hurricane King operation started Developed a wind and water pressure pest control machine with a hint of a typhoon
 
2009
Research and development of fermented fertilizer for tea leaf lactic acid bacteria
 
2015
Tea plantation squadron
120 hectares of farms are under direct management, and 100 hectares are contracted farms. Also, along the highway (Ariake-cho, Harada), the largest green tea factory in Japan was constructed. Furthermore, the Wakohen main store was built in front of the factory.

Company

Company name
Wakohen Co., Ltd
Address
758 Futsuhara, Ariake-cho, Shibushi-shi, Kagoshima
Representative
President Yasuhisa Horiguchi
Established
1989 (Accounting period June)
Telephone number
TEL: 099-475-1023 (representative) FAX: 099-475-1517
Number of employees
Full time: 33 people Part time: 24 people
Retail stores
2 stores in Ariake, 1 store in Shibushi, 2 stores in Kanoya, 1 store in Izumi (6 stores)
Names of some representative products
Rokucha Densetsu Eisai Monogatari Kodama Arabikicha
Wholesale offices
Osumi sales office, Kagoshima sales office, and Miyazaki sales office (3 sales offices)

History of TV and Media Appearances

2007
Visit and observation by a mayoral group from Khon Kaen, Thailand (Minami-Nippon Shimbun)
2008
“The first tea of the season, grown from Autumn without chemicals” (3 TV companies, 5 newspapers)
2009
Tea manufacturing experience session (Minami-Nippon Shimbun)
2010
Shincha (First tea of the season) Festival (Minami-Nippon Shimbun)
2010
Reporting on the Hurricane King (Gendai Nogyo)
2011
Shincha Festival in support of reconstruction efforts for the Great East Japan Earthquake (Minami-Nippon Shimbun)
2011
Information session on how to make good tea with shincha (Minami-Nippon Shimbun)
2012
Shincha Festival hand picking experience session (Minami-Nippon Shimbun)
2013
Shincha Festival hand picking experience session (Minami-Nippon Shimbun)
2014
Wakohen Culture School (MBC Television)
2015
Shibushi special product PR (BTV (cable TV))
2015
Information program “Asachan” (TBS Television)
2015
“Why in tea plantations? Rare famous views of Shibushi” (MBC Television)
2015
Visit and observation by Shinjiro Koizumi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office. (Minami-Nippon Shimbun)
  • Profile

    President Yasuhisa Horiguchi
    Career: President of Kagoshima Farm Managers Club Director of Kagoshima Tea Manufacturers Association President of Ariake-cho Tea Industry Promotion Group President of Wakohen Co., Ltd. President of Kagoshima Horiguchi Seicha Co., Ltd. Kagoshima Tea Management Improvement Contest Winner of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award (1994) National Agriculture Contest (Management) Winner of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award (1997) National Tea Fair Winner of the Japan Tea Central Public Interest Incorporated Association’s President’s Award (2001)