Misako Kashima, Kobo Tea, Japan

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

When I was working at farmer’s market in Oakland, CA.  My friend was selling her “Tamascal Kombucha” so I tried it and I’m hooked.

Q: Why did you start your own Kombucha company?

First, I wanted to try making with Japanese tea, and now I moved back to Japan because I want to make Japanese Kombucha made with best tea in Japan.  Wazuka town where I live is known as the origin of Japanese tea, also famous for Uji matcha. I love tea and I love Kombucha, so I feel like I better start introducing kombucha to Japan.  (kombucha is so unknown here, one reason we have traditional kelp tea named Kombucha in Japan, so people misunderstand.)

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? (a brand that is not your own)?

I like Oregon Kombucha’s (ginger pear), I like Brew Dr., and I like GT’s multi green.

Q: What is your former/current other life or career?

I’ve been a massage therapist and Yoga teacher in CA for  years.  Originally I didn’t know about kombucha until I saw my yoga friend drinking everyday, and I’m still teaching yoga in Japan.

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

Don’t worry, Be happy.

     Breathe in , Breathe out,
    (maybe)  quoted by Thich Nhat Hanh