Monday, June 21, 2010

Rice paddies

I wanted to share pictures of rice paddies, 田 "ta", around my area. I think they're beautiful, especially at this time of the year. The fields require a lot of irrigation for the rice to grow, so they are flooded with water. It's the first time in my life that I live among rice paddies (and probably the only time, too), so I find them quite exquisite and fascinating.

{Rice paddies, Ayagawa, Kagawa prefecture}

{Bike + camera}

Nature in Japan seems to completely explode in the summertime, there is greenery everywhere, and the vegetation is very lush. "Nature will eat you!", joked one of my friends.

I've been keeping myself cheerful and busy lately: language exchange with Japanese friends, writing letters at cafés, movie marathons and sleepovers, upbeat music, learning a chord or two on the guitar, photographing temples and vending machines, biking in the rain (rainy season has started, but my prefecture is very dry so we don't get a lot), making fruit smoothies and fresh salads, late night walks with Isabel, trying to stay cool in the humidity, mastering the art of cycling in a miniskirt, hopping on express trains for no extra charge, and perfecting the pizza dough.


It's been pretty good.

{Kotohira, Kagawa prefecture}

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The rice paddies are so pretty! The whole process of flooding, etc. reminds me of cranberry bogs. And your life these days is sounding pretty relaxing and summery :-)