Even though the last brewery in Tokyo’s central 23 wards has closed, there’s a new effort to put some sake back into the heart of the capital - this time by having a rice field on a rooftop in the commercial Ginza district.

The city centre paddy field is the brainchild of a Kobe-based brewery (the news report doesn’t say which one, but there is someone in a Hakutsuru t-shirt).

On 2 June 2018 people gathered (on what might be the country’s highest rice field?) to transplant sake-specific rice seedlings into the heavy mud. The rice will be harvested in October and used to make sake.

The brewers hope that experiencing the planting process will remind the city dwellers of the importance of food, and those who took part enjoyed the chance to get muddy.

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