Aloha from Tokyo??? That's kind of strange right?
I am originally from Hawaii and fell in love with Japan in college. Finding myself in Japan as an exchange student, I decided to return to work, and have been here ever since (except for a brief 2-year return to the states when my wife decided to get an MBA).
I started a consultancy, Matcha Latte Media, helping Japanese tea farmers jumpstart their export business in 2010, and pivoted to a marketplace for tea farmers and other small-scale, artisan producers in Jan. 2013.
I'll refrain from self-promotion as much as possible, and will try to provide useful information on the forum, particularly information that can only be obtained in Japanese or from what I have learned being on the inside of the Japanese tea industry. Of course, a mere 3 years of experience can't compare to my elders on both sides of the ocean...
As an operator of an English-language marketplace exporting from Tokyo, I hope by participating in this forum that I will learn more about my customers, what you want, what kind of information is lacking, etc.
As we say in Japan, Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu! m(_ _)m