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Rice Harvesting

First we went straight to the check in area.

Then we had the obligatory opening ceremony.

Rice Harvesting in Fukushima prefecture

Some kids came in cool outfits, we later learned these were their dance outfits.

Rice Harvesting in Fukushima prefecture

Two girls from our group, Shy on the left from Malaysia, and Barbara on the right from Denmark.

My enormous self in action.

Rice Harvesting in Fukushima prefecture

Less than one handful.

Rice Harvesting in Fukushima prefecture

The path we made to the other edge of the 'tanbo' rice field.

Rice Harvesting in Fukushima prefecture

Just grab the stalks, and chop.

Rice Harvesting in Fukushima prefecture

About this high.

Rice Harvesting in Fukushima prefecture

Then take two bundles and make and X and tie them to dry. Dave on the right, other guy in the group
on the left. Guy on the left had no brake lights the whole way down.

Rice Harvesting in Fukushima prefecture

Stephanie posing by the bundles set out to dry.

This was all we did and there were about 50 people working. 15 minutes in they told us to stop.

Rice Harvesting in Fukushima prefecture

So we posed for some stupid photos.

Then we went to the real purpose of the day. To watch this local group do their local dance.

The kids were cute.

We sat on temporary seats outside until it started to rain.

Then they asked for volunteers and everyone looked at the foreigners.
"Oh how lovely it will be for the foreigners to finally learn the delicate and unique Japanese culture."

Jump around and act like a baboon for 20 minutes, which was longer than we harvested rice.

Now let's play bingo....Hey why is that guy holding a white poster up?

50% zoom can't read it, I wonder what it says.

Oh, my full 10x optical zoom shows he is writing the bingo numbers. He is at least 50 feet away.

 

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