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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.)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Illuminating narrative here - I feel a pain in my back just sitting here looking !

7 Jun 2012 7:46am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

I could not bear such hard work... Nice shot!

7 Jun 2012 8:20am

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Excellent reflection and nice shot. thank you for showing us this work, it is interesting.

7 Jun 2012 8:38am

NicoleA from Aix en Provence, France

the picture with its reflection is nice , and the explainations are very interesting ! thanks for both of them!

7 Jun 2012 8:47am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & interesting!
beautiful colors!

7 Jun 2012 9:38am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une très belle image pour un dur labeur...

7 Jun 2012 9:58am

sido from Seville, Spain

Great image and reflection. Thanks for the explanation.

7 Jun 2012 9:58am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful colours here GJC! Yes, this definitely looks like back-breaking work! ;-)

7 Jun 2012 11:24am

Philippe from Paris, France

Très belle image. Couleurs, reflets, personnage. Bien vu. Bonne journée

7 Jun 2012 1:49pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

You captured the painstaking work involved.

7 Jun 2012 6:38pm

Veronique from France, Switzerland

this one is really excellent !

7 Jun 2012 7:10pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Farmers only complain about prices. A beautiful composition. I enjoy that nice reflection.

9 Jun 2012 2:59am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Well done !

4 Mar 2013 7:05am

1/50 second
ISO 400
195 mm (35mm equiv.)