North of Yakushima on the main island of Kyushu, things are a little more quiet. Kazuya Matsumoto from the Sakura-No En tea garden in Kumamoto sends us regularly photos of the Shincha-MOE field, so that we can watch the plants grow a bit – very soothing, while we have a lot to do with travel preparations and current order planning. On 21st of March, he writes that the tea bushes have started to form the first buds. Today, exactly 10 days later, the new shoots are already clearly visible. The tea garden has noticeably awakened from hibernation. Currently, we expect the harvest of the Sakura-No Shincha MOE 2023 around the middle of April.