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Rice Photo Gallery III  

Kazuko Tomiyama's 'Rice in Japan' Calendar (2003)

Newly planted rice fields

(Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture)

Remaining snow on Mt. Chokai gently veils the peaks in this spring scene. Centuries ago, during the Edo period, ships on the Mogami River, carrying rice and safflower toward Kyoto, brought back the culture of the capital. Still reflected, even now in these graceful fields are those old waterborne connections.

Last year, on the way to the National Tree Planting Festival, I was delighted that this sight was still there to see. 

It recalls the labors of history: the exertion of constructing the Omachi Weir and centuries of care for the channels that yet bring water for irrigation.

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