A 1-kilogram (kg) batch of Japanese green tea leaves sold for a record-breaking ¥1.96 million on April 18, 2022. A product of Shizuoka prefecture, Samidori leaves are green tea leaves that were grown in Fujinomiya and sold at the city’s annual Tea Market auction. According to the market’s president Yasuhide Uchino, the market is working hard to offer delicious tea at affordable prices despite increasing fuel and raw materials prices. The market officials said that although this year’s tea grew slower than usual, its quality remains unchanged. Many tea sellers and customers arrived early before the sale started at 7:00 a.m. “We were able to purchase tea of good color and shape,” said Natsuki Wada, a 35-year-old processed-tea wholesaler from Shizuoka city. Teas from Kagoshima and Okinawa were also sold at the event.