In the spring of 2013 David Edwards traveled to Obubu to participate in their internship program for one month. Below are some videos from that time:
This video shows how Kyou Bancha is made. Kyou Bancha is made from all the leaves from the tea plant that have been growing since last year. After the top 6 inches to 1 foot are chopped off, new growth buds begin to spring up. Those new buds will be turned into Sencha.
The hand making tea process is all day long with picking starting at 5am. Once the leaves are picked they are taken to a factory where the raw leaves are made into "tea". This takes about 6 hours, with each step taking roughly an hour.
The resulting tea costs between $50 and $60 dollars an ounce.