Japan’s staple food, rice, is grown in paddy fields.
Because Japan is 80% mountainous regions, the water-filled paddy fields stretch into the mountains.
If you see them in person, you’ll be touched by the skills handed down from time immemorial.
To celebrate the end of the rice planting season, Chagu Chagu Umako, or the Horse Festival, will be held by folks in Morioka City, Iwate. This is an event to honour and show appreciation toward the hard workers during the tough rice planting period – the horses.
As rice is the core food in Asia, the importance of rice cultivation around the continent can be felt with numerous festivals and celebrations being held around May and June. In Japan, numerous rice planting festivals are held, particularly in June all over the country. One of the most unique rice planting festivals is held in Osaka every 14 June.