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Planting Rice, 3「田植え」

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 13 June 2012 in People & Portrait.

I took a number of photos (including yesterday's) of this very nice farmer until she finally got embarrassed, laughed and stood up to chat.
She told me that when she was a girl and in the days before machines planted the rice, they used to stretch dozens of strings from one end of the field to the next so everyone would plant their rows in a straight line. She said the part she disliked most was having to walk backwards through the muddy field as she planted so that she didn't trample on the seedlings. I asked if there were fast planters and slow ones and she laughed and said "of course! The kids were always the slowest because we were always stopping to play." And indeed, three of her grandchildren were sitting in the back of a truck nearby. I asked them why they weren't working alongside their grandmother and they just smiled. I think their grandmother realized from her own experience that she didn't really need their "help."

NIKON D300 1/200 second F/6.3 ISO 200 195 mm (35mm equiv.)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a lovely narrative to bless your sweet image here . . posting at its best.

13 Jun 2012 6:07am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

thanks for your nice explanation. Good series

13 Jun 2012 6:36am

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

always interesting.

13 Jun 2012 8:12am

NicoleA from Aix en Provence, France

Thanks for this serie which is so iinteresting !
I particularly love this picture so traditionnal !I like her costume(his back must be so painful at the end of the day !

13 Jun 2012 8:19am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice shot & interesting story.
There WAS a small rice field in my neighborhood, but the owner did not plant rice this year. Some other vegetables are planted now. I wish I could see 田植え around me...

13 Jun 2012 11:33am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Beautifully framed and composed, GJC -The reflection is gorgoeus - if only she had time to enjoy ! Great piece sir!

13 Jun 2012 2:44pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!!!

13 Jun 2012 2:51pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Because I have low back issues, you already know what I'd like to say, but ... God bless her for her perseverance! This is a wonderful image, GJC.

13 Jun 2012 4:58pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful story to go with this image GJC! Times they are a changing..... ;-)

13 Jun 2012 6:45pm

Universe from Tehran, Iran

Excellent shot. Well done... Good luck !!!

13 Jun 2012 8:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Her skills have been honed by decades of practice.

I saw a piece on Public TV last night about an effort by the Japanese government to combine these small plots into bigger, more efficient, farms. This might also include allowing more imported food. I see the beginning of the end of the extremely high quality goods farmers, like this lady, produce.

13 Jun 2012 9:07pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Great story the reminds me of setting tobacco with my grandfather, and reminds me why I still have a zoom lens. best…jf

14 Jun 2012 3:25pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Thanks for the insight into this woman's life.

30 Jun 2012 8:46pm

1/200 second
ISO 200
195 mm (35mm equiv.)