Teamona is a pseudonym for Simona Suzuki, née Zavadckyte – a Japanese tea author and educator, whose personal goal is to make Japanese tea more open and accessible to the world.
Simona has been working with Japanese tea professionally since 2013. Her tea story started with a 6 months internship at Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms – an artisan tea producer in Wazuka, Kyoto. At the end of the internship she was invited to work at Obubu and was leading its International Department for several years.
With a small team of likeminded people in 2019 Simona co-founded and has been leading the Global Japanese Tea Association. The mission of the association is to spark new growth in the Japanese tea world through global collaboration, and the focus of which is information sharing, education and community building.
Simona is also curious about and engaged in all aspects of Japanese tea, from tea production to tea culture. She has been practicing Japanese tea ceremony since 2014 and is a certified Japanese tea ceremony instructor. She is also a member of the Japanese Tea Rolling Association, that aims to preserve traditional Japanese tea making. In 2017 Simona also published a book on Japanese Tea.
This website is designed as Simona’s portfolio. Here you will find Simona’s tea publications, tea articles and tea photography. Simona’s biography is below.
- Since 2019, Cofounder and President, Global Japanese Tea Association
- 2013-2019, Head of the International Department, Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
- MA Japanese Studies, University of Sheffield, UK
- BA Politics with International Relations, University of York, UK
- Since 2019 Japanese Tea Ceremony Instructor’s License (Tea name – Souwa), Urasenke Tea Ceremony School
- 2021 Article ‘The Life of a Japanese Tea Farmer’, Eighty Degrees
- 2019 Article ‘Sencha Steeped in Tradition’, Eighty Degrees
- 2017 Book Japanese Tea: A Comprehensive Guide
- 2021 1st Place in Wazuka Tea Tasting Competition
- 2021 3rd Place in Kyoto Tea Rolling Competition
- Since 2020, Member of the Urasenke Tea Ceremony School, Kyoto
- Since 2017, Member of the Tea Industry Youth Association in Wazuka, Kyoto
- Since 2016, Member of the Japanese Tea Rolling Association in Wazuka, Kyoto