Photographer's Note

This is Minami-Uonuma located in the southern part in Niigata Prefecture. It is a season which plants the seedling of rice in spring. The green seedling which it just finished planting was reflected in the paddy field fresh. It seems that rice planting is also performed by not manual labor but the Rice transplanter machine these days. In the distance, the mountain range of Echigo-Sanzan mountains can be seen.

Minami-Uonuma City is situated in a valley in a mountainous region of Niigata Prefecture known as “Snow Country” because of the heavy snowfall in winter. The city is bounded by Uonuma and the Echigo-Sanzan mountains in the north, and Yuzawa, a popular ski resort town, in the south. The Uono river flows through most of the city. The city and its surrounding areas are dotted with many onsen (Japanese hot springs) and 8 ski resorts, making it a popular destination in winter. There are also a large number of paddy fields, and popular seasonal fruit like watermelon, as this is a major rice-growing region in Japan.
- from Wikipedia

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