Japanese Tea Harvester

Traditionally, most teas in Japan used to be plucked by hand.  These days, Japanese tea is mostly harvested with the use of a mechanical harvesting machine.   Only high grades of green teas in Japan such as hand-picked Gyokuro, Sencha, or Matcha are hand plucked and therefore more expensive.  There is also a difference in flavor of the tea between hand plucked or machine plucked.   Hand plucked tea is smoother, mellower with more fragrance.