Wordless Wednesday #10: Signs of Spring

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One of the great things about living in Niigata-ken was getting to see the changing seasons through the rice cultivation cycle. The fields are an unbelievably lush green in the summer and gradually turn to gold at the fall approaches, until the rice is harvested and the ground is cleared for the winter. Spring is my favorite: As the rice is planted, the fields are submerged in water, which makes it feel as if you’re living in some sort of magical world. The standing water catches the reflection of the sky. Little by little, the young blades of rice peak through the water.

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