Sumiyoshi Rice Planting Festival

An age-old festival celebrates Japan's staple food

 By Mandy Bartok   Jun 16, 2013

Rice is Japan's staple crop and there is no better way to celebrate that crucial relationship than at the annual Sumiyoshi Shrine Rice Planting Festival on June 14th in Osaka. Shinto priests oversee the symbolic planting of the shrine's flooded rice paddy, while entertainment in the form of dancing, singing and play swordfighting accompanies the proceedings. It's a unique event that is definitely worth seeking out if you are in the region in June.

Photography by Mandy Bartok
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Cordelia Ding 6 months ago
This looks so exciting!
Shri Bhagwan Sharma 7 months ago
my native place is popular paddy / rice planting area. We like to do our tradition job. it is still going on in my village. i am in service, but my relatives are still doing this job.as shown in picture,we are rooting out the paddy plant in pre prepared land in same manner shown shown in this picture. one difference I observed here the people doing planting in this picture here and there but we are planting rice in systematic row or columns. all workmen start from one end and go to another end in same manner. thanks for sharing this festival
Shri Bhagwan Sharma 7 months ago
Good Quality PICTURES
Shri Bhagwan Sharma 7 months ago
informative & creative. Paddy Cultivation.
andrew c 8 months ago
quality pictures!