Rice Terraces Prepare For Planting Season

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Rice terraces are seen at Matsudai Tanada region on May 13, 2008 in... News PhotoAgriculture,Bestof,Finance,Horizontal,Japan,Niigata Prefecture,Outdoors,Rice Terrace,Terraced Field,Topics,TopixPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2008 Getty ImagesNIIGATA - MAY 13: Rice terraces are seen at Matsudai Tanada region on May 13, 2008 in Niigata, Japan. Niigata is renowned as one of Japan's best rice-growing area, ranking second amongst all the prefectures in terms of rice production. In the region rice is traditionally planted in May and then harvested in October. The rice terraces are used not only as for rice growing but also act as natural dams to store waters in mountains. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)