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Rice Photo Gallery III  

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

Rice Drying

(Nakada Town, Miyagi Prefecture)

Many of the numerous old methods of drying rice are still practiced today, especially in Tohoku. Large-scale consolidation has stretched the paddy fields to the edge of the mountains. Not only in the uplands but even on rich flat plains like this, there are farmers who resolutely stick to traditional ways. 

Here they have struggled to control the flooding of the Kitakamikawa. Used for irrigation water the tamed flood water has fed the area's reputation as home to prized Sasanishiki rice. A central pole is stuck in the ground, around which sheaves are piled up in crosswise pairs, each higher layer overhanging the one below. This is the way people have always done things  here. 

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