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02 December 2018 @ 11:49 pm

Subject is from an advertising poster.

Starting off with some pictures:



I wake up at 7am every day and the first thing I do is look out the window at what's going on.  The fruit on the persimmon tree is orange and succulent.  Most of the rice has been cut, but there is that one lingering field over there that hasn't.  Will today be the day?  The sparrows living in our air vent see me and fly off.  Is there any other wildlife today?  An egret looking for fish in the drain.  They're hard to spot, they stand so still.

I learn a lot of things from this window.  There's a machine that they ride on to cut the rice.  It reminds me of the machine that clears the ice on a hockey rink.  The machine will break up the straw and keep the grains but I'm not sure how it works exactly.  In the past, the straw was kept for various things, to make ropes and sandals, for the roof, mixed with mud to make walls for homes, to fill pillows and dolls, tied up to make brooms, and so on and so on.  Some people still lay out the straw to dry in triangular sculptures out in the fields.  It makes me happy to see them somehow.

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