The terraced paddy field in Asuka

What scenes are included in Japanese original scene?
One of them is the  terraced paddy field, I think.
 Rice has been grown as the staple food  at many parts of Japan from the remote past.

Terraced paddy field

Rice planting was already over

Rice field expanded in plains. But  villagers don't have large plains have cultivated the side of the mountains like the steps and irrigated them and made rice paddies. We can see the beauty as the fruit of  their pains in the rice terraced field. There is good relationship between nature and human there.

Misty rice terraced field.   It was rain.

Here, the rice terraced field in Asuka village( 明日香村)I visited is about one hour from Nara city by train to south. Since it's rainy season now, greens were soft and water for irrigation run fast ,plenty. The  rice planting was over,so  young green leaves of rice were depicting lots of beautiful  lines in the paddy field with plenty water. When farmers plant sprouts of rice  by their hands one by one not by machines , these beautiful lines are made, I heard.
 Something moved and  hid under the mud hurriedly as often as I stepped on the ridge.  Fixing in the mud, I found they were tadpoles.

Farmers also  have to do many things from now  to get rice in Autumn. Mowing, management of water,protecting from harmful insects or typhoons etc. I don't know well about farmer's work but thank you farmers. I like new rice in autumn very much.

Sunflowers beside the terraced paddy field

Thistle at the ridge

I don't know the  name of this flower

There is an ancient tomb near there. It takes about 20minutes walk from this  rice terraced field.
This tomb is said to be the tomb of Sogano Umako(蘇我馬子). He was in the center of politics for 54years in Asuka period( A.D.593~A.D.694) but since his grandson was assassinated in the coupdetat, this family was getting overthrown.
So here Asuka village is  around a capital in those days. Many remains  scatter around there.

The tomb of Sogano-Umako


                    At the garden in our house

(click pictures to enlarge)


23 件のコメント:

orchid さんのコメント...

Dearest Sarah,
Beautiful terraced paddy field♬♬♬
I cannot see these scenes around my city.
Yes, thete must be a lot of labor for the farmers!
Thank you very much for the splendid pictures. I will check about Sogano-Umako; haha, I need to relearn our history(^^;)

Love you always, xoxo Miyako*

cosmos さんのコメント...

いいですねぇ この風景、まさに日本の原風景ですね。この美しい風景を守るために色々と努力しておられる地元の方々に感謝です。コンビニも景観を損ねないように工夫してありますよね。山間にたなびく靄か霞がしっとりとした落ち着きを感じさせます。いつの時期訪れてもいい所ですね。

Arti さんのコメント...

I had learnt that rice is a staple food of Japan and had also seen one of the smaller rice fields while I was in Nara, but not so closely due to lack of time.

Thank you for this wonderful rice field tour... I love the artistic patterns and to know that all of it is done manually without the use of any machines says of the hard work that the farmers might be putting into it. Your garden flowers are so colorful, delicate, lovely and refreshing, Sarah. They bring a smile to the face instantly :)

joy さんのコメント...

Really bestiful post and pictures. Reminds me of my chilhood days in the philippines when i planted rice :)

Rurousha さんのコメント...

Beautiful! When I think of "typical" Japan, this is exactly what I have in mind: terraced rice paddies, water and misty mountains! ^^

Forest Dream Weaver さんのコメント...

Thank you for showing the green and beautiful paddy fields.It must be hard work for the farmers but also very rewarding to harvest the product of their labours.This tomb will certainly be safe,such a large stone would be almost impossible to move!
Your roses look lovely Sarah.

Happy weekend!

stardust さんのコメント...

The misty mountains and the paddies filled with water under the leaden skies is incredibly beautiful! Not bright or clear but all the green in the muted tone and some colors like pink hydrangeas are comforting to see. Did you go there by train? I guess you went there with our common friend T, as I see the sunflowers on her blog header probably taken picture of at the same place. Thank you for this post, Sarah.


ruma さんのコメント...

Hello, sarah.

  It is my joy to share your wonderful work.
  And sweet message charms my heart.

  I pray for your happiness and world peace.

Have a good weekend. ruma ❃

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Wendy さんのコメント...

Beautiful pictures, Sarah. Thanks for sharing.

haricot さんのコメント...


R.Ramakrishnan さんのコメント...

My dear friend Sarah
Thanks for sharing these breathtaking,beautiful,spectacular and awesome pictures from Asuka paddy fields. Reminded me very much of my own country where we have large coverage of paddy fields. The flowers are lovely too and colorful.
This is a wonderful post and I really enjoyed so much.
Warm Regards & Best Wishes Ram

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

Paisagens bonitas!
Amei as fotografias.

♥ Bom fim de semana!
♡ Beijinhos.

snowwhite さんのコメント...

How I love the scenery where fogs are gently floating among mountains!!
When I watched these photos, I thought "This is Japan" living in everyone's heart. The curving lines of young rice are so beautiful!

cosmos さんのコメント...

Hi again,

Spiderdama さんのコメント...

Lovely photos! I especially like the rose photo with droplets, just beatutiful.
I also love rise!! Jasmin:-)

Hope you have happy days over there.
And thanks for your nice comments always:-)

LifeRamblings さんのコメント...

very neat paddy fields overlooking the wonderful views and lovely blossoms in your garden.

Giga さんのコメント...

Pięknie wyglądają teraz pola ryżowe, gdy jest na nich woda. W ogrodzie też jest ślicznie, szczególnie podoba mi się kwiat brzoskwini. Pozdrawiam.
Now look beautiful rice fields where water is on them. In the garden it is pretty, I especially like the peach blossom. Yours.

you-wee because さんのコメント...

Paddy fields, that's what we definitely don't have here in Central Europe! When I think of agriculture on terraced fields in Germany, only viniculture comes into my mind. Thank you for your pictures full of athmosphere, Sarah!

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...


Bom fim de semana!

Red Rose. さんのコメント...

私は人が沢山いる街中、建物の中に、ちらちらと見かけられる日本の生活文化を探しながら歩くのが好きです。でもそういう時は、少し目を凝らして歩かなくてはなりません。稲淵はゆっくりゆっくり歩いて、きれいな空気を吸ってのんびりと歩けます。Thank you!

Patrycja Photography さんのコメント...

Remarkable blog. Interesting notes. ;P
I like him here!!! ;)
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I am greeting I wish the nice evening! ^^

Q さんのコメント...

Dear Sarah,
You have captured a beautiful way of life. I admire the farmers. They know how to create much beauty and delicious rice!
Your roses are very lovely too.
Rice fields and sunflowers speak to me.
I am studying wara/tatami.
I love everything about wabi-sabi....
I love the elements of Japanese design and the way beauty and artfulness is part of everything you do.