Planting preserves seaside scenery

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri ShimbunPeople plant rice by hand Sunday in muddy paddies on steep slopes facing the Sea of Japan in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture. The terraced paddies, known as “Shiroyone no Senmaida,” are nationally designated as a scenic spot. The city government of Wajima and other entities called on volunteers to join in the planting as a way to help preserve the scenery and this agricultural tradition as aging farmers have been facing a shortage of successors. About 500 people planted rice in 600 paddies on the day.Speech

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