The cultivation of rice, oh so important in Japanese culinary culture, in the birthplace of the infamous Koshihikari premium rice
Living in Fukui means living to the rhythm of its many ‘satoyama’, or traditional agricultural landscapes. Around the end of Golden Week ― a series of consecutive holidays in Japan that ends in early May ―, the agricultural families of Fukui get busy with the planting of rice, a demanding but very fulfilling task as most people across the country c...onsume rice on a daily basis.
Fukui is also famous nationwide as the birthplace of Koshihikari, one of the most widely grown varieties of rice across Japan and one that is even exported abroad as a premium product. A new rice variety was since developed at the Fukui Prefectural Agricultural Research Facility: Ichihomare, a name which contains the wish to make it “the most delicious and renowned rice in all of Japan”. The name was chosen among the over 100,000 ideas collected from all over the country. The new, superior variety of rice was developed over 6 years and was finally officially launched in 2018!
It has always been a dream of mine to see rice terraces such as the ones featured in the first picture. The Hibiki terraces of Takahama Town, in the south of Fukui, were selected by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as one of the 100 Terraced Rice Fields of Japan in an effort to promote the preservation of the terraces and public interest in the rural areas of the country. Once again, I am amazed by the spectacular sights I come across as I go on with my everyday life around Fukui.