Asia Grace



There aren't too many places left in Japan where folks still wear traditional clothing all year. One holdout is the mountainous region around the town Takayama. Here a woman wears an old-fashioned straw raincoat. She dips into a basket on her belt full of rice seedlings, which she will push into the paddy mud. The scarf is meant to shield her face from sunburn and darkening. Even her dress shows off a traditional hand-woven design. This picture was taken in 1972; now this scene is even rarer.

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