9月は稲刈りの時期です。September, harvest time.

ちょっとアップが遅くなりましたが、9月は稲刈りの時期です。

9月中旬にはまだ刈られていない稲がたくさんの穂をつけて、こうべを垂れています。

この時期の風物詩とも言えます。9月は天気がいい日が多く、山などの周りの緑と稲穂の金色色がとても鮮やかに見えます。

この時期に岩村に来られる方は、是非とみだまで足をの足を延ばして、田んぼの周りをゆっくり散歩して見て下さい。

とみだ、稲刈り前

とみだ、稲刈り前

The green paddy fields in Tomida have turned yellow in September.
From September to late October, the small harvest machines, adapted to the size of Japanese fields, are then running through, harvesting the delicious rice, that will become “donburi”, “goheimochi”, “sake”, “kankaramochi”, “onigiri” and many other dishes. Some elders are still harvesting by hands their small field, some others are taking care of the rice straw that is used to make traditional “zori”  (shoes) and “mino” (to protect the back during agricultural work). With the ageing population in rural area and the reluctance of selling land , such agricultural activities are unfortunately threatened.

It is also the time for “Imohori” or harvesting “satsuma imo” or sweet potatoes – that let some black marks on the hand – and “sato imo” or taro – that have really big leaves. Local “nashi” and Fuji apples are also ready to be savored !

Soon, the mountains behind this bucolic scenery will turn red, meaning the last moments  of Autumn that is called “kôyô”.

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