Translated by Greg
Ishikawa's Shiroyone Senmaida: See 1004 Beautiful Rice Paddies!
Today we visit Shiroyone Senmendai, a unique piece of farmland in Ishikawa prefecture's Noto area, where there are 1004 rice paddies. We'll give you all the details including how you can participate in an actual rice harvest.
Written by MATCHA-PR
Shiroyone Senmaida, A World Agricultural Heritage Site!
When you go to Ishikawa prefecture's Noto area, the first place you need to visit is Shiroyone Senmaida in Wajima city. Nestled between the main highway and the ocean is steep sloping farmland covered with an unbelievable 1004 terraced rice paddies, arranged in stair-like layers.
When winter arrives at Shiroyone Senmaida, the tops of the rice plants are blanketed with a dusting of snow, and during the summer harvest period, the ripe ears of rice are illuminated by the evening sun and the whole area is covered in golden waves, greeting visitors with a vivid, unforgettable sight.
Shiroyone Senmaida, which takes on a distinctly different appearance with the changing of the seasons, has received high acclaim internationally, and in 2011 was officially designated as a World Agricultural Heritage Site.
For those of you who would like to know more, please refer to the following article What A View! Terraced Rice Fields And Sandy Beaches: 2 Secret Spots In Ishikawa(Japanese).
Address: Ishikawa, Wajima, Futatsuyamachi 2-29
Website: Shiroyone Senmaida
Try Your Hand at Harvesting Rice!
Noto area rice takes time and effort and is grown with care by local farmers.
White rice is an indispensable part of the Japanese diet and can only be grown in areas with clean, pure water and rich, fertile soil.
Surprisingly, visitors to the Noto area can participate in an actual rice harvest; a hands-on experience reaping a crop that the local Japanese people have grown with all their heart!
To join the rice harvest you don't need to bring anything. Just put on the rubber boots provided for you, then take the small sickle and head for the rice paddy.
As the local farmers teach you about the rice harvest process, all the participants join forces and perform the harvest duties. As you can see in the pictures, participants cut the rice with the sickle, then gather up the plants with their hands and put them in a bundle (called a hosa), and finally place them over a horizontal bar to dry. The rice paddy is filled with people beaming with delight at their first time harvest experience.
This rice harvest activity is something you can experience with all five senses, and with your hands you can actually touch the crops that were produced with love and dedication by the Noto farmers. This is a unique chance because even most Japanese people have never participated in a rice harvest before.
So on your next visit to Noto, please visit the rice paddies and see for yourself where Japan's staple food - white rice - is produced!
For those interested in the rice harvest experience, and for those who'd like to register, please refer to the Wajima Tourist Information.
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