Rice Field Culture
This place is near to my house.
The rice field spreads to a very large area.
This scene is what is called “Rural Area” in Japan.
I guess that many Japanese people remind such scene when they think of the rural area.
My office is very crowded in the center of Tokyo and I wish that my office was located near to my house.
Rice fields are not only the field for making food but are also the breading ground of our culture.
For examaple, there is a class in an elementary school that children can learn about rice planting.They do rice planting by themselves while they put their foot in the water.
It must be tougher work than they have expected.
In my youngest daughter’s day care, the traditional dance called, “Arauma（荒馬）” was held in the summer festival yesterday.
The children and the teachers express from cultivating the ground to gathering rice through the dance.It was the 6th time for me to see the dance because the same dance was performed around in Kawagoe day care every year.
It’s interesting that they stil dance in day care even now.
We eat rice almost every day and the culture of the rice imprints onto our heart.