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Tea picking in Japan

Age old method of hand plucking tea leaves are only reserved for the finest of teas or for festivals and shows. The most common method of tea picking in Japan is with power clippers and computerized tea plucking vehicles. In most cases, human hands never touch the leaf.

In Shizuoka, the terrain is much like rolling pastures so the computerized vehicles make quick work of the gardens and the countryside looks very much like a manicured lawn.

In contrast, Kyoto which is mountainous and only small vehicles can get in close to the gardens. Here, only hand held clippers are utilized.