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Japan Photo Journal: Hope and tiers

(Mainichi/Kota Yoshida)

Terraced rice fields filled with water are seen reflecting the sunlight from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter over the city of Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, on May 1, 2020. The site, called Oyama Senmaida, was selected as one of "the hundred most beautiful terraced fields" in Japan. This year an annual event where plot owners in the greater Tokyo area gather at the site and plant rice together by hand was canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, so local farmers planted the rice using machines. A group to help preserve the fields hopes the pandemic will end before autumn and they can hold an event to reap rice from the paddies.

    (Japanese original by Kota Yoshida, Photo Group)

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