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For expats in Japan, one thing that takes some serious getting used to is the time difference. With several time zones’ worth of ocean separating Japan and the U.S., for example, a quick calculation of the local time is always a necessity before calling home. Even then, there’s often a twinge of sadness that comes from that vague disconnect of knowing that it might be afternoon where you are, but the middle of the night where the rest of your family is.

But while the times on the clock might never match between Japan and Florida, an American in Japan discovered that there’s one time a day when things are close enough.

While standing in front of a network of submerged rice paddies at dusk, the photographer was overcome by the tranquility, natural beauty, and no doubt just plain Japanese-ness of the scene. Grabbing his camera, he snapped a picture and sent it to his parents.

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Japan is 13 hours ahead of North America’s Eastern Standard Time. Looking at the flooded fields, we can assume the picture was taken in spring or summer, meaning a sunset of somewhere between 6 and 7 p.m. That would correlate to a time around 5 or 6 in the morning in Florida, which allowed the photographer’s parents to send this snapshot back to him 20 minutes after he’d sent his photo.

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It turns out that at certain times of the year, sunset in Japan happens simultaneously with sunrise in Florida. So while parents and child might have been on opposite sides of the earth, and at opposite ends of the day, for that one brief moment, the Land of the Rising Sun and the Sunshine State probably didn’t feel so far apart.

▼ Now, if you’ll excuse me, I really ought to call my folks.

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Source: Labaq
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