The other day we were in Ueno park when we came across a group of people busily harvesting rice! It was meant to be a lesson for the children, but we also found it interesting and were able to follow the process from cutting the growing rice from the urban "paddy field", to removing the rice from the plant and then sifting out the twigs and leaves.
Getting dirty in the mud.
Bundling up the rice sheaves.
A foot-operated machine that removes the rice from the plant.