Summer nears and although it is sometimes fun to get away from Tokyo and explore new places, I’m often surprised by the many wonderful places located nearby. For example, near my home is a small valley surrounded by low, tree-covered hills. In the valley, there are several rice fields that are still being tended by local farmers. Each season in the valley has its own beauty and takes on its own personality. In spring, the water reflects the bright green colors of the surrounding hills and the azure blue of the spring sky. At night, the valley is alive with the sound of frogs calling to each other and sometimes the soft glow of fireflies can be seen. In early summer, the rice begins to shoot up in verdant green rows that seem to get taller by the moment, as if propelled by some magic. By early fall, the rice slowly ripens and the colors and mood of the valley changes from bright green to more subdued colors. One senses that the pace of growth is slowing and nature is preparing for a well deserved rest. I especially enjoy watching the rice being harvested and the stalks of rice being cut, gathered into bundles and then dried in neat stacks. Often, on my way to or from work, the valley is so beautiful I have to stop and take in the scene for a few moments before continuing on my way. Tokyo is full of pleasant surprises like this valley. I hope that this summer I’ll be able to discover a few more of them.
教授 チャールズ ヒューベンソール
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