Autumn is my favourite season. After the long, hot and humid summer, the air starts to get cooler and the leaves on the trees start to change colour. The sky is clear and we have nice sunny days to enjoy before winter comes. It is a beautiful time of year.
Rural Japan in autumn is beautiful. The rice harvest starts, and all around the countryside you can see freshly harvested rice drying on bamboo racks.
After the harvest, the smell of burning straw lingers on (linger on = stay) around the villages and hills. For me, it is “the smell of autumn”.
It was nice the other day, so I drove out to the countryside. I took some photos of the rice, drying in the sun. For a short while, I watched a farmer working in his rice paddy (rice field). It looked like very hard work. He was an old man. I wondered how long his family had been growing rice on that land. Maybe for hundreds of years?
I think rice farming is a very tough job. Going to the countryside at harvest time reminds us that when we eat rice, we should be thankful.
This is where the rice often ends up! 🙂 (Itadakimasu!)
Curry and Rice picture by jetalone (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons