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Agricultural heritage in Japan: Living and farming on steep mountains for more than 400 years in Nishi Awa region, Tokushima Prefecture

TOKUSHIMA, Nov. 12 – Peak season for buckwheat harvest began in the fields in the mountains in the western part of Tokushima Prefecture, in the area designated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries as one of the agricultural heritages in Japan in 2016. The steep slope farming system here in Nishi Awa region is very unique, traditional, and considered so rare in the world that it’s one of the candidates for the world agricultural heritage of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Nishi Awa comprises four areas: Mima, Miyoshi, Tsurugi, and Higashi-Miyoshi. At the sloped fields in a 350-meter-high-altitude Sakurai Village in Tsurugi town, a … Continue reading

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Greenhouses glowing at night to grow high-quality chrysanthemums (in Tahara town, Aichi Prefecture)

AICHI, Nov. 5 – A number of greenhouses are glowing and creating a breathtaking night view in Tahara town, Aichi Prefecture. What creates this most spectacular scenery is lighting in chrysanthemum nurseries set by local farmers. In other words, it’s the latest skills and techniques of farmers that light up one of Japan’s largest chrysanthemum producers. You can enjoy the magnificent night view from a lookout at the height of approximately 150 meters in the park called Akabane Bunka no Mori. At around 9 p.m., glowing greenhouses appeared in the darkness as the farmers turned on the lights to keep the short-day plant nurseries bright. The greenhouses were lit up … Continue reading

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【Series】 Our Noh no Ikebana : “Wildflowers are good to express satoyama landscapes” says Teruko Hoshino from Akita city, Akita Prefecture (Nov. 3)

“My first encounter with Noh no Ikebana was an open class held regularly by Midori net–Akita, an Akita-based association that support local agricultural infrastructure development. The idea of making something artistic out of agricultural products moved me so much that I decided to joint the team and help it organize the open classes and promotional activities. Akita has an active agricultural industry, but not many of Akita people living in urban areas are interested in agriculture. Then, how can I make more people interested in agriculture? I have been thinking about it for a long time. So Noh no Ikebana is the best tool for communicating the charm of agriculture … Continue reading

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New colorful attraction growing in ex-rice field in Tokushima Prefecture

TOKUSHIMA, Oct. 26 – A pond with approximately 5,000 Nishikigoi carp in Minami town, Tokushima Prefecture, has become a new colorful attraction for tourists. The carp are grown by a 74-year-old farmer in his ex-rice field. Four years ago, the farmer, Hisao Akiyama, turned his 10-are rice field into a koi pond of approximately 40 centimeters deep to grow Nishikigoi carp to launch a new business. He covered the pond by nets to protect the fish from birds and named it “Nishikigoi-no-ike (pond of Nishikigoi).” His carp grew pretty well with no outbreak of diseases in the pond in the mountains that provide rich flow of water. One day, he … Continue reading

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ZEN-NOH suggesting new ways of eating rice in collaboration with all-you-can-eat Sweets Paradise cafés in Japan

TOKYO, Oct. 25 – National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (ZEN-NOH) started offering rice parfait at Sweets Paradise buffet restaurants in three major cities in Japan. The collaboration between ZEN-NOH and the buffet chain restaurants aims to propose new ways of eating rice particularity to young women. The original menu is to be offered until November 5, 2017. The shops began offering three types of rice dishes in a parfait glass, served with diced avocado, baby leaves, imitation crabmeat, and soy ponzu-dressing jelly sauce, for example. To get all the attention of Instagram photographers, particularly of young female users of the popular Internet-based photo-sharing service, they are very photogenic. They are … Continue reading

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