Rice Photo Gallery III
Paddy Fields, A Safeguard for Culture and the Environment
Rice has always been like a mother to the people of Japan. Rice lies at the heart of Japanese culture, and the rice farmers are the careful guardians of the countryside. Japanese farming is now facing a crisis, though. This crisis represents a danger to Japan's traditional culture and the environment of its countryside. If we are to pass on to future generations the culture and natural environment which our forefathers built, we must preserve our farming communities.