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Kazuko Tomiyama's 'Rice in Japan' Calendar (2004)

Paddy fields are dams

(Ubuyama Village, Kunamoto Prefecture)

Three decades have passed since I was termed 'bold' for daring to propose that paddy fields are dams. I still remember the controversy as if it happened recently. In those days the whole concept seemed outlandish and the word 'dam' met with great resistance.

Sheer repetition of this point of view has gradually convinced more and more people of its merit. These days there is a lively movement to rethink policies concerning paddy fields. I am grateful to people who have grasped the implications, to supporters of this calendar, and those who actively work to restore our land to health. 

Another photo of Ubuyama Village was used for the cover of Land of Water and Forests, Japan. Such scenes show how discretely beautiful dams can be.

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