Nov 21, 2017

Rice fields through the seasons

One of the things I love the most about life in Japan is just how distinct the seasons are. You really do get a glimpse of how different each time of year is when you get out amongst nature - and no other part of my neighborhood is more telling of the seasonal shift than the currently vacant rice fields. This was just yesterday, when the skies were clear enough to get out for a decent stroll - and the day prior was only the first day of snow actually sticking to the ground here. They don’t call it snow country for nothing, folks!

Rice fields through the seasons  photo

As a comparison, here it was in summer...

Rice fields through the seasons  photo

And here it was in autumn, not long before harvest time.

Rice fields through the seasons  photo

I am really looking forward to getting to experience the fields here in spring - I believe that the local area has a lot of rice planting events that we can get involved with. We’ve just got to get through winter first!



After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!


  • edthethe

    on Nov 21

    so many Japanese will act shocked that my hometown has really distinct seasons, as Japan is the only country. but I think it is because Japan has so many things that rely on the change in seasons such as rice harvesting and planting and it is all very visible even if you aren't paying attention.

  • Saitama

    on Nov 24

    Great visual contrast. You are great for continuously coming up with interesting and varied ideas. (Insert smiley with heart shaped eyes here!!)