Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Farmers Use Ducklings As Aigamo Organic Rice Farming

TATSUNO, JAPAN - JUNE 17, 2015:  One week old duckling paddles as look food in Ichihara’s Organic Rice filed on June 17, 2015 in Tatsuno, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Japanese rice farmer Tadashi Ichihara works with nearly 300 ducklings to eliminate weeds and insects in the rice fields. Ichihara who is one of leading farmer use "Aigamo Method," a method of using ducklings as the alternative to chemicals in the rice farming since 1999. That Aigamo Method developed by Japanese farmer Takao Furuno in 1989, since then his methods have applied more than 75,000 farmers in Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, The Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Iran, France and Cuba.

About one or two weeks after seeding have been planted the ducklings releasing into a 1,000 square meters rice field, which farmland surrounded by an electric fence for ducklings protect by dogs, cats, crows and other wild animals. Also ducklings need necessary shelter edge of farmland that they can rest and take refuge from rain.
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Zoo Keepers Clean Hippo's Teeth

Kiboko, a 31 year old Hippopotamus, opens her mouth for tooth cleaning with a new 5-foot (1.5 meter) toothbrush at the Himeji Zoo on June 4, 2015 in Himeji, Japan. Kiboko's teeth are annually cleaned by zoo keepers and elementary school children as part of tooth cleaning education for children. June 4th is the national cavity prevention awareness day in Japan.(Photo Buddhika weerasinghe)


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Beauty of Red Wildflowers Algae

Thousands of red algae wildflowers spread on top of the lake on March 10,2015 in Fukuisaki, Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Friday, March 6, 2015

The World's Oldest Person Turns 117

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman, eats her birthday cake on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2015 in Osaka, Japan. Japanese woman Misao Okawa is the oldest living person in the world as certified by the Guinness World Records and celebrated her 117th birthday today. Okawa has held the title as the world's oldest living person since the June 12, 2013 and the death of Jiroemon Kimura who lived to 116 years and 54 days old. She is ranked as the Oldest Japanese person ever and only the third person to have ever reached the age of 117 in the world. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Second Hand Book Town in Tokyo

Pedestrian walks past a second-hand book shelves on March 2, 2015 Tokyo, Japan. Many people and tourist come to buy and selling second hand book every day from all over the Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Field Burning Marking Arrival Of Spring

A man burns Susuki or Chinese sliver grass at Tonomine Highland on April 12, 2014 in Kamikawa, Hyogo, Japan. Tonomine Highland, known for its susuki grass field of about 90 hectares, is burnt every year to get rid of dead grass for better growth of new buds, marking the arrival of spring. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Cherry Blossom


An edge of cherry blossom tree in full bloom as sunset on April 11, 2014 in Himeji, Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasingh)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

White Siberians Swans Take Off


White Siberian Swans take off from Tamaoka Lake on January 7, 2014 in Kasai, Japan. Siberian swans migrated from Russia to Japan, their wintering home, and are expected to return back to their homeland at the beginning of spring. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Monday, April 29, 2013

'Kamo Kyokusui No En' Ancient Festival Takes Place

A woman dressed Heian period kimono writes Japanese poetry during the Kamo Kyokusui No En Ancient Festival at Jonan-gu shrine on April 29, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan. Jonan-gu shrine is famous for holding the ancient festival of Kyokusui-no Utage, which is held twice a year in spring and autumn. The festival, which orignated in 1,182, describes a party of people in Heian era (794-1192). (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pedal Powered Sky Cycle Roller Coaster Attract Visitors

Tourists ride a pedal-powered sky cycle roller coaster at Washuzan Highland Amusement Park on April 27, 2013 in Kurashiki, Japan. Washuzan Highland Amusement park overlooks a panoramic view of islands on the Seto Inland Sea. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Tulips In Full Bloom In Toyooka

People walk through a tulip field in full bloom at the Tanto Tulip Festival on April 22, 2013 in Toyooka, Hyogo, Japan. Hundreds of thousands of tulips in three hundred varieties are displayed at the popular Spring flower festival at Tanto Tulip field in Hyogo Prefecture. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Cherry Blossom In Full Bloom In Kyoto

Tourists travel on a ferry near blooming cherry blossoms on the Okazaki canal on April 5, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan. Cherry blossoms bloom from the end of March to the beginning of April in Kyoto. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cherry Blossom In Full Bloom In Himeji

Tourist travel on a traditional boat to enjoy blooming cherry blossoms on the canal of Himeji castle on April 4, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. Himeji castle has been selected as one of the top places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mitsuyama Taisai Festival Continues

Japanese shrine priests transport gods by a portable shrine for entertainment during the Mitsuyama Taisai Festival of Itate Hyozu Shrine at front of the Himeji castle on April 3, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. The festival has been held once every 20 years since 1593. Priests of Itate Hyozu Shrine welcome all the gods across the country on the night of March 31st from the top of the 'three mountains' and treat with food for seven days to April 7 praying for peace and prosperity. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mitsuyama Taisai Festival Begins

The main feature of the Mitsuyama Taisai Festival, three 18 meters tall 'mountains.' are displayed at the Itate Hyozu Shrine on March 31, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. The festival has been held once every 20 years since 1593. Priests of the Itate Hyozu Shrine welcome all the gods across the country from the top of 'three mountains' and treat with food for seven days starting today, praying for peace and prosperity. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sand Lance Harvest Begins In Hyogo

A container full of sand lances sits at Mega Fishing Port on March 23, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. Sand lances are a popular local cuisine in Hyogo Prefecture. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Japanese Macaque Monkeys Suffer Hay Fever

A 20-year-old Japanese macaque monkey named Monday scratches her eyes while suffering an allergy to pollen from the cedar tree at Awajishima Monkey Centre on March 17, 2013 in Sumoto, Japan. Many monkeys are suffering the effects of hay fever at this time of the year, with the typical symptoms being the same as with humans. According to Awajishima Monkey center this year hay fever is higher than last year, the pollen season is from February to April. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Plums In Full Bloom In Hyogo


A man rests under the blooming plum tree at Ayabeyama on March 14, 2013 in Tatsuno, Japan. About 20,000 Japanese plum trees of different varieties are currently in full bloom on Ayabeyama, the mountain will open to the public for viewing until March 21. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake

A woman holds a candle as she commemorates victims of Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in front of Kobe's light of hope memorial on March 11, 2013 in Kobe, Japan. Japan is commemorating the second anniversary of the 2011 Magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Anti-Nuclear Protest Takes Place In Kobe

Anti-nuclear activists gather together and display a 'No Nukes' sign during an anti-nucler protest on March 10, 2013 in Kobe, Japan. Japan to mark the second anniversary of the Magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, that damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, residents of radiation contaminated area around the plant have been evacuated and unable to return for a long period of time. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

World's Oldest Woman Turns 115

Misao Okawa, who is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest woman, receives a birthday cake during her 115th birthday celebrations at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. Misao Okawa, was born in Tenma, Osaka, on March 5, 1898. A descendent of Kimono merchants, she married in 1919 and had three children, of which a daughter and a son are still alive, and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Woman Performs Koto


A Japanese woman plays koto, traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument on March 3,2013 at international center in Himeji, Japan. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. Koto musical instrument are about 180 centimetres length and have 13 strings. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Place To Visit - Nara

A Great Buddha statue located in the Daibutsuden (the temple's main hall) at Todaiji Temple on March 2, 2013 in Nara, Japan. The Buddhist Todaiji temple was built in 752 AD and is now one of seven sites in Nara to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Out Door Tea Ceremony Takes Place At Kitano Tenmangu

Japanese Geisha hold green tea cups during the Baikasai, Plum Blossom Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan. The annual event takes place on February 25, to commemorate enshrined Michizane Sugawara, a politician and plum-blossom aficionado of the Heian-Period who passed away today in 903. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saidaiji Temple Naked Festival Takes Place

Japanese men wear loincloths as they enter the Saidaiji Temple during Naked Festival on February 16, 2013 in Okayama, Japan. Saidaiji Naked Festival (Hadaka Matsuri) is one of Japan's more eccentric festivals and sees some 9,000 men take part and battle to grab for pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Japan's Southern Most Wintering Place For Siberian Swan

White Siberian Swans spend their winter at Tamaoka Lake on February 14, 2013 in Kasai, Japan. Siberian swans have been coming to Kasai since the start of winter and will return back to their homeland at the begining of spring. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Shakuhachi, Traditional Japanese Bamboo Flutes Perform.


Japanese Shakuhachi player performs at Zuganji Temple on February 11, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. The Shakuhachi is used in spiritual meditation and the players wear wicker baskets on their heads to symbolise their detachment from the world.(Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

World Most Expensive Chocolate On Sale For Valentine's Day

A piece of diamond shape chocolate with a 2.3 carat diamond in the centre on display for at a Hanshin Department Store for the upcoming Valentine's day  on February 6, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. The chocolate is priced at 3 million yen (about USD 32,456), making it the world's most expensive chocolate. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Osaka Named As The Most Expensive Second City In The World


People walk at Osaka Station City on February 6, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. Osaka have been ranked the world's most expensive second city to live, Tokyo as the most expensive city according to research of the British magazine The Economist. Tokyo topped the list, with an index reading of 152. Osaka came in second, at 146. Prices of a loaf of bread, other food items and gasoline were higher than in other cities. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Japanese Macaques Form Huddle To Keep Warm

Japanese macaque monkeys huddle together in a group to protect themselves against the cold weather at Awajishima Monkey Center on January 26, 2013 in Sumoto, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Severe low temperatures has hit Japan with more heavy snowfall. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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