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Planting Rice 「田植え」

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 7 June 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture.

As I mentioned yesterday, machines take on the heavy labor of planting, something of course once done by hand. Yet on these small rice fields in urban areas like Kyoto, farmers will usually then go back through the rows again, replacing damaged seedlings, filling in "blanks" where the rice machine failed to plant something, and planting seedlings around the edges of the field where the machine cannot go. It is painstaking work.

Every year I take similar photos and always end up saying to the farmers something like "wow, it's such hard work," but not a single one of them has ever taken the opportunity to start complaining.

NIKON D300 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 400 195 mm (35mm equiv.)

NIKON D300
1/50 second
F/5.6
ISO 400
195 mm (35mm equiv.)

kyoto
iwakura
rice
ricefield
田植え
田んぼ
京都
岩倉