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Rice Photo Gallery III  

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

Harvest time

(Natasho Village, Fukui Prefecture)

This glimpse of a farmhouse in the middle of the harvest makes you realize again that upland villages are the final bastion of rice culture.

Villages are guardians of our land and custodians of our water. They are repositories of our traditional arts. Although large-scale mechanization has uprooted village life on the plains, the traditions of rice culture live on in the uplands. Places such as Natasho Village, in the mountains between Lake Biwa, and Wakasa Bay, keep alive the heritage of rice culture. In ancient times the village was founded as a court estate. In their determination to maintain the good name of their village you can sense the pride that the people have in their history. 

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