Emperor plants rice seedlings at Imperial Palace paddy field

天皇陛下 皇居の水田で毎年恒例の田植え

NHK -- May 19
Japan's Emperor Naruhito has planted rice seedlings in a paddy field at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.

The annual tradition was started by his grandfather, Emperor Showa, to promote rice farming.

Wearing a long-sleeved shirt, trousers and black rubber boots, the Emperor entered the 240-square-meter paddy field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Emperor planted 20 seedlings, which grew from seeds he sowed last month. The seedlings are now about 15 centimeters tall.

Rice will be harvested in autumn and offered to deities in Shinto rituals at the palace, including the Niiname-sai harvest festival in November.

May 19 () - 天皇陛下は、皇居の水田で毎年恒例の田植えをされました。 ...continue reading

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