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Name
Shiroyone Senmaida Terraced Rice Paddies
Address
Shiroyone-machi, Wajima City
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Category
Natural landscape
Class
Rural landscape
Designation
Nationally-designated place of scenic beauty (January 2001)
Comment
Located along National Route 249 between Wajima City and Suzu City, these rice paddies are rated among the Top 100 Terraced Paddy Fields in Japan and have been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. On a steep slope with an elevation difference of 56 meter facing the Sea of Japan, there are 1,004 terraced rice paddies of various sizes, which cover 3.8 ha. The average area of one rice paddy is about 20m2. The landscape of countless rice paddies is the result of cultivation of the steep slope to increase the yield of valuable rice as much as possible. At the same time, converting the slope into arable land served as a measure against landslides, which afflicted local residents. Thus, the cultivated slope is a crystallization of the wisdom of our ancestors. Because each rice paddy was too small to use a machine, and the farmers were getting older, the community launched an ownership system in 2007. The local group “Aiko-kai” tend the senmaida on a daily basis to preserve the landscape for the next generation.
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