Most of works are done by machines in modern Japan. Combine below is a machine which unites reaping and threshing at the same time.
The machine gathers and cut rice plants, and separate rice and stems automatically.
This is a movie of harvesting rice. Never mind with quality. I used my 2-year old compact camera.
After rice is reaped, rice need to be dried by drying machine. The machine dries rice slowly taking 12-24 hours.
It takes about 2 hours per a rice field in my family’s case. Here is an example progress of work. You can see sky is getting dark as time goes.
It took 2 days to finish reaping rice. I am not sure how much tons rice we harvest, but it was a LOT. One bag of rice has 40-50 kg. My father and I especially had to carry this bags many times. It is ok for man to carry the bags, but was terrible physical labor for me... This is my mother and father.
Since the combine was broken a few times, I devoted my energies to take photos to kill time, and these are my results.