The Hero has done rice-planting on his family's farm in Niigata. "How do you survive a full day bent double, in killer heat and evil humidity?" I asked him. "Zen," he answered.
So there you go. It's all very Zen. Click on the photos to see bigger versions.
|Don't you love the woman on the left? My grandmother had a "kappie" (bonnet) just like that.|
|My pet hate in Japan: parasols!|
|I'm obsessed with new maple leaves.|
|Early iris. They'll be at their best in June.|