A row of rice-planting girls called ”Saotome” planting rice seedlings in Shimane prefecture.
"Hanataue" is the ritual of transplanting rice, a prayer to the rice field deities for a good harvest.
Image shot of rice paddies in the Tohoku region (northeast Japan). Focus in on rice plants and close-up shot of ears of rice swaying in the wind. Small wooden "masu" container holding a measure of premium-quality rice. Rice paddies visible in the background.
Underwater: manta rays, the most graceful swimmer in the Okinawa oceans
Drone shot: autumn at Onuma Quasi-National Park in Hokkaido
Amazing rocket launch moments in Japan
Festivals in Japan: Aomori Nebuta Festival
Underwater: northern sea lions flock to a tiny island