Japan’s Shiroyone Senmaida rice paddies, which last year was added to the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), gains under title to its name after being illuminated by a record-breaking 20,000 pink LED lights spread across its terraces, earning it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Set against the backdrop of the Japan Sea, these rice paddies sprawl over the slopes irrigated by over 2,000 ponds. Located on the Nolo Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the paddies provide a suitable habitat and breeding ground for a rich diversity of organisms, including some endangered species. Not much has changed in the lives of the locals who inhabit the area where traditional methods of agriculture are still employed. The terraces are farmed by hand, and rice sheaves are dried on wooden stilts. These have become the reasons why Shiroyone Senmaida became a protected site.
The world record title attempts to strengthen its place in the map as a truly unique and important site, to bring in tourism, and to hopefully capture the attention and concern of the global community. As the effects of climate change start to be felt in the area, communities have started working to implement systems to help mitigate the impact as well as to preserve for future generations the biodiversity, culture, and landscape that has existed for generations since the Edo period.
[ via Daily Mail ]
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