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Today’s find. I am very tempted to see how they taste because the texture is so inviting, but I wont, because it would be like gulping down cup-fulls of water from the neighbor’s rice paddy.

Hope they hatch soon or they will be dried and tilled into the mud. I suspect they will, if the chorus of frog song we heard on our walk back from the bath tonight is any indication of the change of season.

We spent the day working outside and the neighbor’s grandson begged me to go for a bike ride with him, so I took the camera along and took the opportunity to document various locations for future reference of what it looked like on this, May 5th, 2012.

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(Above) From behind the hamlet, one from our field called “asa-batake” because it was once where they grew their hemp (asa), and the other from another angle near the little bridge over Omaki river.

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(Above) Shot of what we refer to as “the corner field” because it is tucked into a small corner on a road going up the mountain. The same neighbor who lends us the rice fields offered/asked us to use this one too. It is the most isolated field from all neighbors, so may put some chickens up there sometimes where we don’t have to worry about them eating neighbors tomatoes, but it is also the closest to the mountain and forest so monkeys and other animals wont think twice about coming down to steal a chicken or potato. This means that we can’t grow anything animals will like.

Another problem with this field is that it doesn’t get much sunlight – evident by the pile of snow that still lies in the middle while most of the other snow in the area has melted with the recent sunny days.

(Below) Another shot of our rice fields – this time from “the corner field” and two taken from the ground level right on the aze. While it is difficult to make out, you can see lots of rice-husks spread into the field. This will either be good, or bad. We hear it is good because they take a long time to decompose, so it releases the composty richness over time, and it creates small pockets of air and places for helpful microorganisms to live and propagate in. The negative thing is that as a very carbon rich substance, they will use up all the nitrogen as they decompose. We can only hope the speed of decomposition is slow enough not to create an issue.

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  1. Shannon says:

    Phenomenal pics on all the recent posts. Great views of the hamlet & the change of season. Awesome! Makes me want to be there.

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