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Outside Meiji 1900s Teijiro Takagi
Rice cultivation in Japan: Irrigating a rice field with a waterwheel operated by stepping on it (足踏水車, ashifumi mizuguruma). This image comes from “The Rice in Japan,” published in 1907 (Meiji 40) by Kobe based photographer Teijiro Takagi.

Original text: “Irrigating the fields by means of the ancient foot water-mill. The ground needs constant weeding. The labourers posses and eagle for detecting rice worms, and manure is frequently applied to the ground/ We would advise anyone not to approach a rice fields very closely.”

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