I continued to stroll in the beautiful region of Takashima.
In the Harie district, many houses are equipped with Kabata, a natural water pool where people cool watermelons and vegetables in summer. Carps swim around. They are fed with leftovers from the kitchen. Some of them are tens of years old.
So water is the essential ingredient of life's circulation. No matter where you are on land, water is the single most important and invigorating element for life. Other things such as minerals, sunshine, and background biomass are equally important. Water turns these elements finally into life. Thus, the water flow determines the thriving and interdependence of life.
A kabata is a striking visualization of that crucial water flow.
A scene from Kabata. Tranquility and harmony.
From a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries webpage.