Most parts of Japan have little choice as to when they plant their rice. It’s usually transplanted into the rice paddies soon after the last frost has passed in the spring.
This means that mountainous areas often can’t plant their rice until around June.
Fortunately for Miyazaki, the climate is quite mild and rice can be planted in late March. This is beneficial because by the time the typhoons appear in August and September the rice has already been harvested.
It also means our farmers can sell their rice before others whose rice is not yet mature.
Japanese are very particular about rice. Some consider mountain-grown varieties to be more delicious since the paddies are fed with the mountain’s clean, cold water.
Miyazaki has a varied terrain, from low-lying flatlands to lush green mountains.
Harvesting has already begun in lower elevations. Our farmers will begin harvesting the mountain-grown rice in a few weeks.