Sunday, April 7, 2013

June 27 - 28 1954 Rice Planting

Diary Entry:  June 27, 1954

"Spent morning making cream puffs for supper party at Bray's.  Brays and Belshes are entertaining Inuoe family from Toyonaka.  Cloudy all day.  B went out to get pictures of rice planting anyway.

Just before we were to go to Bray's Mrs. I came running for help.  Margaret Bray was choking on a plastic ball.  Bill got it out but Margaret's throat scratched badly.  Took her to Dr. for treatment.  Finally sat down to nice dinner & then showed slides.  Mrs. I brought me some bamboo mats."

Diary Entry:  June 28, 1954

"A day of packing.  B kept appointment in Kobe with school board member.  B went out in morning for pictures.  Farm women tried to get him to take pictures of one fixing work pants.  "Chotto shashin" (a little photo)they called & pointed to her laughing."

B/W Images and text below are from the book, Japan, by Horace Bristol, 1953

After 25 - 50 days, the verdant seedlings are pulled in bunches, transplanted in straight rows
This is all hand work--goes on rain or shine.

Water must be pumped into the fields by foot power

Or by gravity wheels

In the mountains, rice is planted high on the slopes

Some fields are near the shore

NOTE:  For cream puff recipe:


  1. Fascinating pictures from a time gone by but, I guess things aren't much different today?

    1. Thank you, David! Rice production now is much more modern and just like farming anywhere, large equipment is used in the fields.


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