Neighborhood adults and children are making mochi (Japanese rice cake). We take turns pounding the rice. Adults help and encourage children to keep this winter tradition alive in rural Japan. http://www.flickr.com/photos/glpjp/11526968496/in/set-72157638970732745/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/glpjp/11526886765/in/set-72157638970732745/ More photos of the event are on Flikr: Hayama Danchi 2013 Mochitsuki.
http://youtu.be/9oBlh2oQX5k This is a rice combine harvester in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, on September 5, 2013. Mikamiyama (Mount Mikami) is in the background. It had been raining heavily the previous day, and we can see fallen rice plants lying in an adjacent field. Fortunately, other fields seem to be okay. Rice combines reap and […]
Yaki Imo Truck: Stoned-Baked Sweet Potatoes on a Cold Winter Night http://soundcloud.com/gpjp/yaki-imo-truck-20130224 This is a small truck driving very slowly through my neighborhood in Japan on February 24, 2013, a cold winter night. I dashed out with an Olympus LS-10 recorder just before the truck left the neighborhood.
New Year 2013 temple bell in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. http://soundcloud.com/gpjp/new-year-temple-bell-in-japan Celebrating the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, neighborhood people took turns ringing the bell beginning 15 minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve. This recording is available on my Soundcloud page.