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Rice Photo Gallery III  

Kazuko Tomiyama's 'Rice in Japan' Calendar (2003)

Nakadoori tomb cluster

(Ichinomiya Town, Kumamoto Prefecture)

The grandeur of the Aso caldera cradles a wealth of myth and folklore. Since ancient days, tales have sprung from the activities of the local people. Hereabouts, some have even wondered if rice cultivation in Japan first reached here. 

I have often said that burial mounds mean rice culture. These tombs rising from the paddy fields are evidence of ancient farming. They make you realize how farms villages, rooted in history, are concentrations of culture. Round in front, square at rear, the keyhole tombs you see here are 65.5 meters long. They were likely raised in the first half of the 5th century. 

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