The longer you stay here in Kyoto the more you'll see of the rhythms and patterns of life here. The mix of old and new, traditional and modern. The changing of the seasons and wonder that comes with it. One thing that many tourist overlook when they come here, are farming practices that take place not all that far away from the famous tourist attractions.
While there are less farmers than there used to be, there's a surprising high percentage of people involved in some kind of farming than you'd expect for such a modern place as Japan. Sure in the past it was a lot more, but still so much of the culture and customs centre around the cultivation of rice.
You don't have to go that far out from the downtown to start to see a bit of agriculture. Even in parts of the Fushimi ward of Kyoto city there are some large areas of rice fields. I recommend checking out the area to the West of Mukaijima station (Kintetsu's Kyoto line), only 17 minutes from Kyoto station by local train.
The rice cycle starts in late April to early May with planting and ends between mid September to mid October with harvest. Each stage has its own beauty: the reflections in the water of newly planted fields; the deep green of the fields in August; to the golden fields at harvest time. Sometimes after harvest fields are planted with Cosmos Flowers which is a beautiful sight from mid October to early November. Other times there are early spring crops planted in rice fields like rapeseed that flowers in March.
This photo was taken was a Nikon D80 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2D lens. I made the following post processing changes in DxO Optics Pro: Image cropped slightly; Default camera and lens corrections applied; DxO Smart Lighting filter applied at 25%; DxO ClearView filter applied at 50%; Highlights -10%; Blacks -%5; Contrast +25%; Microcontrast +25%; Vibrancy +25%; and White Balance warmed slightly.