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Kanekobara no Mushi-okuri Odori continuing to send away insects and pray for good harvest

July 29, SHIMANE – On July 20 every year, some villagers of Kanekobara, Shimane Prefecture, in summer yukata and with traditional straw hats with paper flowers and perform traditional dance named “Kanekobara no Mushi-okuri Odori,” which literally means “dance to send off insects” in Japanese. The dancers walk around the village to draw insects from the rice fields and flame them at the end of the ceremony. At 1:00 P.M., a straw-made soldier on horseback called Sanemori-san and 20 male villagers left the Mihoryo Shrine and started the 8-kilometer walk to the Suwa Shrine. Some with banners led the party and the others with traditional instruments such as kane (ching) … Continue reading

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The nightmare remains – July 2018 torrential rain and floods in western Japan

EHIME, OKAYAMA, HIROSHIMA, July 14 – Several consecutive days of torrential rain that hit large parts of western Japan in July caused floods and landslides in a number of areas, with the death toll topping 200 in 14 prefectures. Farmlands and agricultural facilities were severely damaged, with floods killing crops and slopes with fruit trees collapsing. The extent of damage to agriculture is yet to be fully grasped.

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Digital rice field appears in Tokyo and interacts with audience

TOKYO, June 22 — A rice paddy field appears across the floor. You touch it with the scenery changing constantly. But the scenery is an illusion — a digital exhibit at a new interactive museum in Tokyo. The digital rice field is one of artworks created by the teamLAb, a group of Japanese ultra-technologist, known for their digital art that combines projections, sound and spaces. The teamLAb have opened a full-scale digital art museum at the Mori Building in Tokyo’s Odaiba. The museum features multiple 3-dimensional spaces set across 10,000 square meters. The exhibits are designed to flow into one another and interact with each other and visitors.

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Heavy floods and landslides leave more than 200 dead in Japan

SOJA, July 10 ― The Japanese government has issued new alerts over record rains that have killed more than 200 people and left dozens missing in central and western Japan. The torrential rains caused heavy floods and landslides across central and western parts of the country, prompting evacuation orders for nearly four million people. In Soja city, Okayama prefecture, the swirling Takahashi river water burst its 5-meter banks and swept away all the efforts of fruit trees and greenhouses that the Kariya family had made. “There was a greenhouse here. Where has it gone?” said 69-year-old Yuriko Kariya, with a big sigh. Her husband, Mamoru Kariya, 71, said he has … Continue reading

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Osaka earthquake shakes farm businesses in western Japan

IBARAKI, June 20 — One day after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Osaka, Japan’s second largest metropolitan area, the vulnerability of many elements of urban infrastructure has been exposed. Four people died and more than 400 others were injured after the earthquake. The Osaka earthquake hit during the morning rush hour and affected many businesses, including farming operations. The agriculture ministry and the farmers’ co-operative JA group rushed to assist and assess quake damages. The meteorological agency warned additional earthquakes in the form of aftershocks of the magnitude 6.1 earthquake.

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