the garden city: a sight almost surreal zen but if at the same time ..
10 Jun 2011 5:44am
this person looks quite old....do they ever stop working ?
10 Jun 2011 8:44am
@Veronique: I am always noticing that most of the people that continue to farm here are quite old. I suppose their land will be turned into housing and shops once they can no longer continue, but I admire their tenacity.
I so admire how every speck of fertile ground is taken with these efforts . . a dedication born out of survival, I guess.
10 Jun 2011 10:21am
There is something incredibly sad about this shot GJC! Houses are encroaching on the farmland. At what point will we lose our ability to feed ourselves ..... in the name of progress! Well seen and captured! ;-)
10 Jun 2011 12:43pm
@Eric Cousineau: Well, you said what I was trying to convey. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.
I admire this like Ronnie, and I worry like Eric...Japan is a series of islands and only has so much land a huge problem..the older citizens continue with the ways that they know, the younger ones do as many do around the industrialized world: They move to the cities, after schooling and degrees...they move into tech jobs, business, construction. What, and who, is left to farm when faced with the encroachment of population and it's need for a place to live and the depletion of those who wish to farm in the first place? This entire problem is certainly not just a problem to Japan - it is prevalent most everywhere - but in Japan, the problem is magnified because of the island physical limitations. This image depicts all of those problems, I think. And it evokes the emotional response from me and others as spoken above....Thank you for making us think, GJC! A narvelous image to be sure, in so many ways...
10 Jun 2011 1:22pm
@Denny Jump Photo: You wrote very eloquently. I so admire the people who still keep themselves close to the land, and who feed the rest of us. I fear too many of us look past their hard work. Living near so many rice fields I have come to appreciate my rice far more than I ever did before, seeing how much care it takes to grow. I am grateful for the labor they put into their crop. And as the Japanese population ages and increasingly leaves the rural areas, I do worry about the future of the food we take for granted, as well as the state of the land which has been so lovingly cultivated for thousands of years. Thank you for your comments. I appreciate them very much, and I pleased that this little photo could inspire such a careful response.
10 Jun 2011 1:58pm
Oh yes, This does indeed make me think....And Denny says it so well- the old ways being encroached on by the new....I sincerely hope we remember to learn from the old ways before it's too late....
10 Jun 2011 2:50pm
Such a lot of work to be done.
10 Jun 2011 9:13pm
Thank you for his image and the comments it encouraged. I agree with the concerns expressed above. This photo is also a tribute to the love of the land and of farming that so many people don't know or value.
11 Jun 2011 3:33pm
@Anita: Thank you for your kind comment. I am delighted that this little photo could inspire such passion. It is what I could have hoped for. I so enjoy chronicling the small farms and rice fields around my area of Kyoto, and truly grieve as I see them disappear. I have grown to appreciate more than ever the grace of what comes to my table so easily for me, but which required so much care to grow.
[ Eric, Denny, Tracy and Anita make me wish AM3 had a 'Reply' button. There is, I believe, an Update to the template in the works and that would sure be a handy addition. ]
12 Jun 2011 7:36am
@Ronnie 2¢: I agree. Thank you for your thoughtful comments. It is truly inspiring to know that my photos can touch other people in just the ways that I have hoped. Thank you.
It is a sad reminder of the present, but I KNOW that people who grew up and lived on the plot of land (so to say) would never give up, no matter how small that plot of land becomes! On the other hand, I'm sure that in the future - which does not look that bright when it comes to food and water on this already overpopulated planet - people will come back to working the land, even though that might be unwillingly. I salute every young person who gives up the city and go to work on a farm!
14 Jun 2011 10:57am
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