Farming in Awa
Awa City is about thirty k’s west of Tokushima city on the island of Shikoku. Don’t let the term city fool you, it’s only a bunch of small towns that have come together totalling about forty thousand people. It lies in on a flat plain between two mountain ranges with the mighty Yoshino River running along it’s boundary with Yoshinogawa City. Most of the land is given over to farming and wherever you are standing you will be able to see a field growing one crop or another. Awa is best known for producing big juicy red grapes and beautiful lettuce but of course much of the land is used for cultivating rice. Along the roadsides are little buildings with coin operated de-husking machines. People simply pull up and pour the fresh rice stalks in and wait for the machine to work its magic. Of course like everywhere else in Japan there is a vending machine with drinks right outside to quench their thirst while they wait.