The red stalks of the buckwheat stand out in contrast to the deep green of the slopes of Sanri-yama in the distance. A self-propelled combined harvester-thresher drives across the soft ground on rubber tracks, cutting the grain and separating it from the plant before spitting out the unwanted remains behind the machine. A large heron waits to see what worms or frogs the machine will turn up in its wake. Another 1 or 2 of the large birds stands quietly to the right, outside the frame of this picture. The tollway (Hokuriku-Do) is 100-150 meters behind the lens, so some of that sound drifts into this video clip, too.