another way to use…

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Another way to use the rice plant is for Japanese traditional New Year decorations. On the house entry door or on the porch to prevent malicious spirits from entering, a special knitted rope is made from rice straws called Shimenawa (しめなわ, 注連縄). Rice Straw: This brings hope for a good harvest season, Tangerine: Continue great descendants, Pine tree twig: Works against evil spirits,  Mizuhiki: Traditional Knot, Hope for great connection and Shide: Paper Deco, Symbol of a sanctuary. Great Workshop Conducted by Master Florist Yumi Ichihashi of Baum at Globus Washitsu.

true golden color

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I feel gratified in this month of October. I think that this stage of the rice plants are the best appearance visually if I could see them as ornamental plants. Mature grains are turned in to a golden color and they reflect on the lime green leaves which cheer up the fall season. I also love to see the drooped panicles which makes me bow. Now, it will begin to celebrate the Harvest season.

Go go summer

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News! Rice panicles (heads) are developing- They have been visible to the naked eye. Since we have had a cold summer season, the growing stages have shown up very slowly. It had made me nervous, but FINALLY I see the small grains. Hope this hot summer feast will be continued for a few more weeks for Koshihikari. Go go summer, no Autumn yet.

bubble in the water

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As you imagine many elements has to work together. So, in order to make as close a natural habitat as possible in man-made rice paddies, a Solar Aquarium air pump has been added to assist in creating an ecological community found in natural rice paddies. The Solar Aquarium air pump creates bubbles to keep the water moving and circulating. And bubbling air maybe add some oxygen. (Also the fish help to circulate oxygen around the rice as well.)  Sunny days save the energy from the solar panel to make bubbles! pop! pop!

Rice plant and Fish

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Rice-fish farm is the environmentally friendly best practices. Releasing fish in the created extensive artificial wetlands (rice paddies) helps insect control and creates the ecosystem. Rice plants also provided shade, thus keeping the water cool and allowing fish to remain active even during the hottest months. Did you know fish poop is the primary source of nitrogen in any aquaponic system? I hope they are ready to work on rice paddies!