The barley fields here in Ritto have turned from green to golden brown.

Golden brown barley on left, cultivated but bare dirt field on right, tree and mountains in background.
Barley field in Hayashi, Ritto City, facing southeast toward Ishibe. May 31, 2014.

It seems a little early this year, but we have had mid-summer temperatures of over 30 degrees. It is only the end of May, but outdoors and indoors it feels like the end of July.

Barley field on the right, greenery on the left, a stand of trees in middle ground, and a mountain in the background.
Barley field in Ritto City, facing northeast toward Mikamiyama. May 31, 2014.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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