"What's a good beginner gyokuro" would be something like "Hajime no oishii gyokuro wa nan desu ka?"
You might also try "Shoushin no tame ni gyokuro wa dou desu ka?"
Made from leaves that have not been oxidized.
Hida-Takayama? Up in the mountains? If so, try hitting the morning markets (asaichi) by the river and in front of the Jinya. They had some interesting teas when I was there and, of course, they give you a sample first. You have to get there early though, the markets close by noon.DangerInRed wrote: Looking through my program schedule, we're going to be in Nagano, Kamikochi, Takayama, Nagoya, and a bunch of other places in the Tokyo area, of which I'm not sure yet.