Sunday, November 18, 2012

Times they are a changin'...

And with them so are some of our looks...

This is the look/style Ian has been building for about the past five years!

If you saw him when his hair wasn't in rows you'd think you were back in the flower child era. He got his Dad's curls... or more like the natural afro effect!

After much back and forth, to or not to....
he finally decided it was time,
and with a deep breath and a shaky hand he got out the scissors!

And when all was said and done this is his new look!

I like it!
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Looking Back...

 Early fall in Japan means rice! Every where you go there are rice fields of every size and shape imagineable, and October is harvest time.

 Once the rice is cut it is hung up to dry.
 Some hang it in single rows.
 Others layer it.
 And after the rice is gathered from the stalks they are dried a bit more.
 I think there must be as many styles of doing this as there are farmers!

 I find it interesting to see all the different artistic methods they have for bundling the stalks.
 After drying the rice straw can be used for many things.
 Though sometimes they simply grind it all up for disposal.
This time of year we are usually fortunate to have some of John's English students give us gifts of new rice from their family's recent harvest and it is so good!
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