I took a trip up to the North of Kyoto prefecture to have a look at some of the rice fields. This is a place called Sonobe (園部), about 35km from the city. Out here you really feel like you are in Asia, as the cities in Japan have the same trans-national corporations on every street that London, Sydney and Paris do. I wondered how much longer we'll be able to enjoy views like these, and whether it's inevitable that it will be replaced some day by prefab houses and "progress". However since Japan has a shrinking population I reckon there's hope that areas like this may survive so I remain optimistic.
I wandered around for several hours in the 30 degree heat, but got some interesting shots for my efforts. This is the first of several posts taken that day.
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