Rice is at the base of the Japanese diet and is commonly eaten at every meal of the day. Not surprisingly, rice is a major crop in Japan. It is grown in rice fields which are inundated with water.
This area of Nagano city is crisscrossed with complicated water channels designed to bring nutrient rich water to the crops. The scenery of rice fields is a common sight in rural landscapes. What you see in these photos are the rice fields in the valley of Nagano surrounded by the Japanese Alps.