May is one of my most favorite months in Nagano Prefecture. We can see beautiful mountains which are still covered with snow, various flowers and fresh green.
Besides, May is the season when you can see beautiful reflection scenes on rice paddy fields in many places in Nagano. Farmers are starting to plant rice after filling rice paddy with water. The paddy fields become like ponds and reflect mountains upside down. There is a term “水鏡” (water mirror) for this scene.
Enjoy seeing the water mirror if you are lucky to visit Nagano in May!