September 11, 2007

Rice near the Narita Airport in Japan

Rice gleams in the afternoon sun during harvesting in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture. A total of 375 terraced rice fields occupy the area. In early September, owners of the paddies, many of whom live in the Tokyo metropolitan area, harvest the rice with local farmers. Due to the prevalence of combine harvesters, it is becoming less common for rice to be hung out to dry, but the practice has been maintained in Kamogawa. If the fine weather continues, the rice is likely to be threshed this weekend. (Mainichi)

Did you know that this area close to the international airport is also home to rice paddies?

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