The Rice Harvest

I went back today to the slope of terraced rice paddies that Nils and I visited last week (where the kids played among the paddies) to see it from some different angles. It's been three months since rice was planted, and now some of the hundreds of fields have been harvested, and a few were in progress while I visited..

The pictures on this post are of one elderly couple working on a field.

10 Seconds' Rest for One's Weary Bones -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 55mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
10 Seconds' Rest for One's Weary Bones

Don't let the picture above fool you: these people worked, and worked hard. In the scene below, the man drove the small combine and the lady followed along to harvest by hand any rice that got trampled rather than processed by the machine.

Every Bit Counts -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 40mm — 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Every Bit Counts

At some point she gathers the accumulated extra and feeds it into the combine.

Bountiful Harvest -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 102mm — 1/320 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Bountiful Harvest
Sickle at the Ready -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/350 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sickle at the Ready
No Strangers to Hard Work -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/750 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Strangers to Hard Work

The man then swung the boom of their Iseki Frontier Bi-ba 351 combine over to their little truck, and unloaded the rice.

Unloading the Rice or, “Loading the Rice,” depending on your point of view -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 80mm — 1/1000 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Unloading the Rice
or, “Loading the Rice,” depending on your point of view

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/160 sec, f/11, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Fill'er Up

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Keeping an Eye on Things
Big Pile of Rice (Still in Husks) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Pile of Rice (Still in Husks)

Super Closeup
Small crop from the “Big Pile of Rice” shot above

The truck being full, they headed off, presumably to unload and return to continue their harvest. I asked the lady how many truckfulls they expect to get from the small field, and she guessed about three.


Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 90mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Off to Market

I suspect they'll return soon because he left his boots...

Ready for the Next Job -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 80mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Ready for the Next Job

Continued here...


One comment so far...

Fascinating post. I never knew exactly how rice was harvested before. I suppose the couple was wondering why you were taking pictures. I wonder if all those fields were theirs

— comment by Grandma Friedl on September 12th, 2007 at 12:13am JST (10 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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