A farmer works in a paddy field in Subang, Indonesia’s West Java province on January 20, 2011. (BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS)

A farmer works in a paddy field in Subang, Indonesia’s West Java province on January 20, 2011. (BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS)

Ploughing the Paddy Field ~
Jonathan Gazeley sent this image to How to be a Retronaut.
Over to Jonathan: “My grandfather, Michael King, was a British Royal Engineer. He was placed in Korea in 1955, shortly after the Korean War. While he was there, he shot plenty of Kodachrome”

Ploughing the Paddy Field ~

Jonathan Gazeley sent this image to How to be a Retronaut.

Over to Jonathan: “My grandfather, Michael King, was a British Royal Engineer. He was placed in Korea in 1955, shortly after the Korean War. While he was there, he shot plenty of Kodachrome”

 
Scarecrows used as commentary
SASEBO, Nagasaki Pref. (Kyodo) A collection of scarecrows inspired by social issues in the headlines this year has drawn curious onlookers during an annual festival in Hasami, Nagasaki Prefecture.
About 100 scarecrows, including some criticizing the gambling scandal surrounding sumo, have been displayed this year for the town’s Onigigo Tanada Matsuri festival.
Among the scarecrows on display around rice paddies is one resembling an abandoned human skeleton, with a sign reading, “Are you there, grandpa … ? Sorry about being unaware for 30 years,” referring to high-profile cases in which families hid the deaths of elderly relatives, in some cases to bilk the pension system.

 

Scarecrows used as commentary

SASEBO, Nagasaki Pref. (Kyodo) A collection of scarecrows inspired by social issues in the headlines this year has drawn curious onlookers during an annual festival in Hasami, Nagasaki Prefecture.

About 100 scarecrows, including some criticizing the gambling scandal surrounding sumo, have been displayed this year for the town’s Onigigo Tanada Matsuri festival.

Among the scarecrows on display around rice paddies is one resembling an abandoned human skeleton, with a sign reading, “Are you there, grandpa … ? Sorry about being unaware for 30 years,” referring to high-profile cases in which families hid the deaths of elderly relatives, in some cases to bilk the pension system.