Japan, with its warm climate and ample rain, is a perfect environment for tea growing. Tea growing is thought to have begun here in the 8th century. While other countries grow their tea bushes on hillsides and pick teas by hand, Japanese gardens are meticulously planted in rows along hills close to natural water sources. Although some teas are hand-picked in Japan, most of the tea grown here is mechanically picked and processed using high tech machinery. Also, unlike other countries that designate their teas by regions or estates, Japanese teas are generally sold by styles. Bancha Green tea is a lower grade of Sencha. It is harvested later in the main picking season between the end of Summer into the beginning of Fall. This later picking produces a green tea with a fuller flavor than Sencha making it a perfect tea to accompany meals. Bancha is a large leafed tea that brews to a pale greenish liquor.