What Flowers?

Photograph by H. Edward Kim, "Day of the Rice God," National Geographic Magazine, July 1978
Photograph by H. Edward Kim, "Day of the Rice God," National Geographic Magazine, July 1978

During a rice planting festival in Japan, the women of Chiyoda stoop and plant in unison while drummers and bamboo-clacking musicians set the tempo for the accompanying pipers. As the dance master leads the troupe, he calls out, “What flower blooms in the front field? Rice flowers, money flowers, flowers of perfect virtue.”

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