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Postby Oyaji » Wed 05.31.2006 9:25 pm

(Edit: I am resurrecting this zombie because today was our annual rice planting day, and I remember having started this thread last year. Everything was the same this year as last, except that my sons are bigger and helped more, so we finished a lot earlier. I've noticed that there are quite a few new members, so hopefully some of you will enjoy reading this.)

It is rice planting season in Japan - one of my favorite times of year. Our house is surrounded by rice paddies, which during the winter and early spring serve as soccer and baseball fields for our sons. In late spring they are all flooded, making it seem like we live on a small island. They are now getting planted, so we are slowly getting surrounded by stubby green carpet, which over the next few weeks will grow into a thick shag. It really is beautiful.

Each year we help my father-in-law plant his paddies. He does most of the planting with a tractor, but we plant by hand along the edges and other narrow places where the tractor can't reach, and also follow behind the tractor planting where it misses, all the time ankle (calf) deep in water and mud.

When the boys were smaller they loved getting into the mud, chasing the frogs and throwing mud clots at each other. Now that they are older they aren't quite as enthusiastic, but they pitch in and always do a good job. Of course we help with the harvest in the fall as well.

We eat a lot of rice, but in all the years we've been married we've never bought rice from a store. Grandpa's rice tastes much better, and having helped grow it, we all have a much greater appreciation for it.

Now the only problem is keepng the basketballs out of the paddies. I'm afraid we aren't very successful, and the boys spend quite a bit of time peeling off their shoes and socks and wading out to retrieve the balls, being careful not to step on the rice shoots.

I'll post pictures.
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RE: Rice planting

Postby Mukade » Wed 05.31.2006 9:32 pm

You weren't kidding when you put 田舎 in your location, were you?

I've really only been in a rice paddy once. Even though it's a single, straight road from the station to my house, I got lost one night walking home (yes, I was drunk) and found myself in a rice field.

When I woke up at home, the foyer was home to a pair of incredibly muddy pants and shoes, and there was a huge flower bush sitting there (not just the flower - the whole bush, roots and all!). I couldn't remember how this state could have come about, but the more I thought about it, the more I seemed to remember falling into the rice paddy.

When I couldn't find my iPod, I started to wonder if I had dropped it in the rice paddy. Sure enough, when I went back, it was sitting on one of those raised-up mud mounds. Still works, thankfully.

Now, if I can only figure out what I was doing with the flower bush...
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RE: Rice planting

Postby clay » Wed 05.31.2006 9:35 pm

Thank you for that nice descriptive story. Please post pictures!

Here is a picture I took of 千枚田 sen mai da "1000 rice fields" in Noto Hantou in Ishikawa prefecture:
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RE: Rice planting

Postby Oyaji » Wed 05.31.2006 9:51 pm

Here are two pictures I took from the second floor of our house, back and front. In the second picture you can barely see the basketball goal in our driveway that sends the balls into the fields.

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Oh, and these are not our fields, they belong to our neighbors. My in-laws live in the neighboring town (just far enough away ;) ) where we go to help.
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RE: Rice planting

Postby keatonatron » Wed 05.31.2006 11:56 pm

Oyaji wrote:
In the second picture you can barely see the basketball goal


You're not much of a sports person, are you. :p
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RE: Rice planting

Postby ashitaka » Thu 06.01.2006 12:10 am

nice pictures oyaji. i should visit 田舎 when i get back to japan. i like the forest in the second pic........beutifull landscape.
ummmm your area doesnt happen to need an extra english teacher does it???
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RE: Rice planting

Postby Oyaji » Thu 06.01.2006 12:58 am

keatonatron wrote:
Oyaji wrote:
In the second picture you can barely see the basketball goal


You're not much of a sports person, are you. :p


Basket? Hoop? Backboard? Ring? Iron? Net?

Around here everyone calls it a ゴール so that's what I call it too.:)

AND STAY ON TOPIC! :@:@ ;)
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RE: Rice planting

Postby keatonatron » Thu 06.01.2006 2:57 am

I'd like one ticket to 田舎 please! Book it on the super express.

(nothin' but love :p)
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RE: Rice planting

Postby AJBryant » Thu 06.01.2006 12:40 pm

DAMMIT I miss Japan!!!

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RE: Rice planting

Postby clay » Thu 06.01.2006 12:46 pm

That is so beautiful. My in laws area looks very much like those pictures! They don't have 田んぼ but there are plenty all around them.
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RE: Rice planting

Postby AJBryant » Thu 06.01.2006 6:00 pm

Natsuka-frikkin-shiiiiiiii!

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RE: Rice planting

Postby two_heads_talking » Fri 06.02.2006 9:53 am

i will mirror Tony's entiment..

Natsu---friggin--kashii

i remember the rice patty fields around sendai and iwanuma and sakata and even in oodate, they looked so incredibly awesome.. and the sounds of the frogs chirping at night.. (yeah frogs chirp in japan, you have to hear it) and in aizuwakamatsu and koriyama, i can remember the people in the paddy fields singing and picking, it was awesome..

(and you can call it a basketball goal, we all know what you meant.):D
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RE: Rice planting

Postby Furansujin » Fri 06.02.2006 10:31 am

Oh! You're a really lucky man Oyaji to live in a so beautiful place! You're sons are lucky too to grow in this environment!

It should very pleasant to open your shutters on the morning and discover a so beautiful landscape! ;)

For information, where is 田舎 ? Could you precise the localisation? (how do you write it in kana?) I believe I understand that it is a small Island...(need to work my japanese geography!)
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RE: Rice planting

Postby Infidel » Fri 06.02.2006 11:37 am

one question, with all those rice paddies. Are mosquitoes a major problem in Japan?
なるほど。
さっぱりわからん。
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RE: Rice planting

Postby keatonatron » Fri 06.02.2006 12:18 pm

Furansujin wrote:
For information, where is 田舎 ? Could you precise the localisation?


I guess I have to expose the tongue-in-cheekiness of my humor.

If one were to simply look up 田舎, they would find it simply means "countryside". It's not a specific town, it's anywhere that isn't a city. ;)
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