The neat, evenly spaced rows of newly planted rice remind me of my students at morning assembly. A uniform green echoes the school’s navy blue. As late as 2 weeks ago, most of the rice fields here were mirror-flat ponds reflecting the early summer sunlight up into my eyes as I whizzed to and fro on my bike. Now geometrically studded, the seedlings forming diagonals, triangles, grids and finally a single mass as my perspective changes.
Here in the mountains of Shonai,
In the local izakaya, a couple of locals compare notes on the new planting machines they’ve just bought while making short work of a huge bottle of shochu. The figures make the price of rice in the supermarket seem believable for once. The truth is, like the rest of the developed world,
Wealthy countries like
Rice Growers in Japan
Guide To Oita & Beppu
Books on Japan