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The field after the storm

September 24th, 2010

The effect of global warming causes severe damage to agricultural crops. This year also left a deep scar in the field after the storm left. — Tamotsu Utsunomiya

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The harvested rice was covered with mud.


This year, due to heavy rain and strong wind that hit the Japanese archipelago, the rice field before the rice crop became like a marsh. The rice collapsed like a whirlpool, and the harvested rice was also covered with mud. Nonetheless, farmers mowed rice with many times more effort than before.

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Rice harvested is dried by ”haza”.


The harvested rice is bundled and hung by a rail called "Haza to hit the sun. It is a drying method called so-called "Tenpiboshi", and in mountainous areas it is a traditional Japanese poetry of Japan. However, even after harvesting, rain continued, the drying was a persistent work.

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Rice which falls sideways and swirls.
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Rice harvesting using small farm equipment.
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Light truck running in rural areas.