Tuesday, 19 May, 2015
Maruyama Terraced Rice Fields
As I have already mentioned in my previous post, the elders and the youths of the village worked together for rebuilding the landscape of Maruyama Terraced Rice Fields. I was touched by the story and visited the area to see how they recurred beauty of the landscape.
I woke up at 4 am and grabbed my camera gear with a tripod, holding a flashlight at hand. I stood up at an entrance of the mountain. It was still dark and chilly. I was certainly terrified to climb the mountain as it was my first time, in dark and alone. And yet, my feeling to capture the image of the landscape was much much stronger than that! I am hoping that many people rediscover their real treasures and rebuild beauty of landscapes in country side again.
I lost my way in dark but fortunately found the way to the top of the mountain in the end. The road of the mountain was well organised with the stone and wooden stairs. I felt that I was welcomed and carried on climbing step by step. I am now little more confident to see how long to take climbing mountain for photography, timing and weather. Certainly it is necessary to bring a flashlight in dark! :D I did not bring it with myself and so that my hotel allowed me to use it. Thank you!
The residents and the council of the village worked for visitors by making stairs in the mountain and arranging some resting places and bathrooms in the terraced rice fields.
I conversed with some residents from the village and enjoyed photography together. Some of them drove a car for us and so that we could make a light line on the image in dark. I was very thankful to their kindness.
I certainly recommend anyone to visit Maruyama Terraced Rice Field for photography!
Archived in Mie Japan, Maruyama Terraced Rice Fields: