A field of Naruto Kintoki sweet potato, which has been covered with nets to prevent sand scattering and looks like a geometric pattern stitched on the ground with a sewing machine, is seen in this recent photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture. The nets were put up by farmers to prevent sand from being blown away by strong winter winds. People can view the scenery until the middle of March, when potato vines are planted. Naruto Kintoki, a specialty of the prefecture, is grown in a warm climate using well-drained sandy soil and is characterized by its elegant sweetness and soft and flaky texture. The harvest begins in July, and the sweet potato is shipped mainly to the Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe areas.
(Japanese original by Tadashi Kako, Osaka Photo Department)