Zoom Up / 'eye In The Sky' Aids Rice Farmers

Zoom Up / 'Eye in the sky' aids rice farmers

By Ryohei Moriya / Yomiuri Shimbun PhotographerThe gentle sound of propellers can be heard as a drone flies over rice fields that are beginning to turn yellow. Its altitude, speed and route are all preprogrammed.

Ichikawa Farm in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, flies a small drone during cultivation of its pesticide-free rice about once a month. A special camera attached to the drone, which is flown 60 meters above the paddies, can capture near-infrared images and takes more than 1,000 pictures on each flight. The farm can check crop growing conditions based on computer analysis of the images.

Rice Harvested Near Fukushima Accident Site

Rice harvested near Fukushima accident site

A farmer in a town near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has harvested rice for the 1st time since the 2011 accident.

Noboru Watanabe harvested the crop from his paddy in the town of Tomioka on Monday, with local officials looking on.

Photo Journal: Golden Harvest

Photo Journal: Golden harvest

Maidens at Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka's Hakata Ward use chopsticks to collect fallen gingko nuts during the "Ginan otoshi" (falling gingko nut) ritual on Oct. 4, 2017. The nuts, which are a vivid yellow on the inside, are from the roughly 22-meter-tall "Meoto ginan" (husband and wife gingko) tree that stands next to the shrine's main hall. Shrine staff use bamboo poles to shake the nuts free of the giant tree's branches to be collected and then presented as an offering to the shrine's deity. (Mainichi)

Plants Growing On Miyakejima Peak For 1st Time Since Eruption

Plants growing on Miyakejima peak for 1st time since eruption

Plants are covering the peak of Mount Oyama on Miyakejima island south of Tokyo for the first time since the volcano erupted in July 2000.

"The amount of volcanic gases has significantly declined since last year, likely allowing plants to grow rapidly around the summit," said Hiroyoshi Higuchi, a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo, who has been studying the ecosystem of the island each year since the eruption.

Ripe For The Picking

Ripe for the picking

The Yomiuri ShimbunApple trees are bearing lots of fruit at the Kafuka Ringoen orchard in Koka, Shiga Prefecture, which just opened for apple picking. It is harvest season for Tsugaru, a popular variety of apple. "The weather has been favorable this year, so the taste of the apples is splendid," said Sadanori Shimoyama, 83, who runs the orchard. Picking of Tsugaru apples continues at the orchard until around Sept. 10. Speech

June Flowers And Showers

June flowers and showers

The Yomiuri Shimbun Japanese irises are in full bloom as visitors stroll in the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, on Wednesday, when the Japan Meteorological Agency announced the rainy season likely started for the Shikoku, Chugoku, Kinki, Tokai and Kanto-Koshin regions. Compared to an average year, the season arrived on time in the Chugoku and Kinki regions, two days late in the Shikoku region and a day early in the Tokai and Kanto-Koshin regions.

"farm Domes" Pave Way For Veggie Production On New Level

"Farm Domes" pave way for veggie production on new levelFor years, Katsuyuki Kitagawa dreamed of living in a comfortable home in the shape of a dome-shaped manju dumpling, minus the bean paste.
For over a decade, his company Japan Dome House Co., based in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, has come about as close to that realization as possible with the construction of a dome house made of next-generation polystyrene foam with various applications.

"megaphone-shaped" Holiday Home In Japan Prioritises Garden

"Megaphone-shaped" holiday home in Japan prioritises garden This holiday home by Japanese studios Taku Sakaushi Architects and OFDA has a tapered form that broadens towards a garden, but narrows where it meets a road, creating a secluded getaway in Karuizawa.
The site is hemmed on its northern edge by a street and by neighbouring properties on its other sides, so Taku Sakaushi and OFDA tried to create a design that ensures the house is not overlooked.

Japan’s Fantastic Emerald Green Algae

Japan’s fantastic emerald green algaeThink of Japanese gardens and candyfloss clouds of cherry blossom, canopies of bronze-leaved maples and arched red lacquer bridges might come to mind. Yet to me the understated beauty of Japanese horticulture goes far beyond this random collection of individual elements that are really just a handful of Western preconceptions.

10 Magical Japanese Gardens You Must Visit

10 magical Japanese gardens you must visitFor centuries, the Japanese have re-created their favourite native scenery in their gardens, not only in their pond plots but also in their more esoteric-looking stone-and-gravel dry gardens. Travelling by Japan's well-organised transport network is an excellent way to take in the country's scenery. The Shinkansen, or bullet train, provides an exhilarating overview of the country in rapid motion.

200,000 Flowers Create Giant Image Of Obama In Hiroshima

200,000 flowers create giant image of Obama in HiroshimaTwo hundred thousand red, white and blue salvia flowers have been used here to create a giant picture depicting U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima.
“We want this picture to convey the desire for peace from Hiroshima where Obama made the historic visit,” said Tatsuya Ohata, 32, senior managing director of the Sera Yurien lily park.