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Rice Photo Gallery III  

Kazuko Tomiyama's 'Rice in Japan' Calendar (2002)

Tree dried rice

(Kawaguchi Town, Niigata Prefecture)

By stretching ropes between living trees rice can be dried high off the ground. This breathtaking technique is just part of the ingenuity displayed by villagers in this cold and humid upland where water from melting snow is led into the paddy fields. This is Japan's snowiest area. Here, where the Uonogawa flows into the Shinanogawa, is the heartland of the prized Koshihikari rice. 

Any kind of locally available tree was planted to provide coppice trees for rice drying. Cypresses were grown, or chestnuts. Often poplars were specially brought in because they grow so quickly. 

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