2010 – Iki-shi, Nagasaki-ken, Japan, Earth

05-29

Ishida rice fields.Rice planting season is rolling around, hence these paddies filled with mud and water.  They have to make the fields soft enough for the rice to prosper.  On Iki, rice is generally “hand planted,” or with minimal tools, and also hand sheared and traditionally hung to dry, in many cases.  Watching the plants go from seedling to harvest (and into my belly, as I support my local farmers and buy Iki rice) is very interesting.  🙂

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