Recently I haven’t written much in my blog. You might be thinking that I’ve run out of motivation to write, but it hasn’t been so much about motivation as it has been about time. For sure, my enthusiasm for writing has gone down compared to a year or two ago, but there are still many things I want to write about.
However, for this entry, I don’t really want to write much. Rather than writing, I’d rather present some photos.
I live in a rural area, so you might think that there aren’t many interesting things to photograph, but that’s not true. It’s the reverse. I’m quite interested in rural Japan, so I want to document it in detail. So, I’ll present some photos that I have put together of rural Japan.
This is Taku. This area has many rice paddies. When I took this picture, I had ignored a sign that said “No Trespassing!”
When you say Taku, rice paddies, mountains, and blue skies come to mind. Before living in Taku, I had actually never seen a rice plant in real life.
Rice paddies are teeming with different kinds of wildlife. They are alive with birds, spiders, dragonflies, and frogs, to name a few. When this frog heard the sound of my camera’s shutter, rather than running away, it actually came closer to me. I wonder if the shutter noise is similar to the noise those frogs make? Or maybe it saw its own reflection in the glass of the lens and thought it was another frog?
This month, the green rice paddy fields turned to gold, which means that it is time to harvest the rice. Every time I saw this field, I always thought it was really beautiful.
But, rice plants are destined to be cut down and harvest. This machine was sucking up the plants like a vacuum, separating the rice from the plant, and then stored the rice in a tank.
When I saw the guy harvesting the rice, I thought it was interesting and decided to test out my new camera lens. This machine was sucking up the leftover part of the rice plant after the rice had been separated and wrapping it into bales.
Last week, there was a festival that I went to. Compared to American festivals/fairs, festivals in Japan seem to be mostly centered on food, whereas American fairs tend to include food as well as games, booths selling products, and even roller coasters. If Japanese festivals are big, then they might have something special, but I get the feeling that the one here in Taku was fairly typical of festivals throughout Japan.
It was centered around food, but there were also some small stage performances.
This old lady looks like a stereotypical farmer’s wife. You feel like you can see Japan’s history in the wrinkles in her face, her hunched back, and short stature.
These are called hyottoko. They basically are people that dress up in ridiculous costumes and do a weird dance.
I’d have to say that these hyottoko were not that impressive. But, whatever.
If you’re interested in seeing the rest of my Taku album, feel free to check it out here.