rice field

ETYMOLOGY: Since most fields in Japan are paddy FIELDS (rice fields), it shouldn't surprise you to know that this is a drawing of a paddy FIELD. The lines represent the raised pathways in between the FIELDS, the black areas are the flooded FIELDS of rice: img:/static/uploads/mems/32000100810125639.jpg [--from mckaysavage on Flickr](http://www.flickr.com/photos/mckaysavage/140905203/) by BenWhately