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Congrats Japan Heritage "Two Thousand Years of Rice Growing in the Kikuchi River Region"

Last Modified:5/12/2017
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The story of Kikuchi, Tamana, Yamaga, and Izumi was recognized on April 28, 2017!!

Since October 2017, the committe had been worked to create a charming story by knitting together tales from each region, and the story was recognized as the 54th Japan Heritage.

We are going to try hard to spread the charm of the Kikuchi River Region together.


What is Japan Heritage?

This is the system that the agency for cultural affairs started aiming to add up to 100 cases by 2020, the year of Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The main purpose is to appeal the regional heritage in and out of Japan. 37 Japan Heritages have been designated so far, and this is the second Japan Heritage in Kumamoto following “The Conservative and Progressive Culture of Sagara in 700 years” in Hitoyoshi Ryukyu Region.

Japan Heritages are recognized by not only the cultural asset but also by the historical background. A unique regional chronicle is required.


Recognized Story


Two Thousand Years Memories of Rice Farming Land

Kikuchi River Region “Chronicle of Rice Farming Then and Now”



Over 2,000 years, Kikuchi River Region has been growing rice.

The land subdivisions “Jori”on plains, the agricultural waterway “Ide”, the terraced rice fields “Tanada” in Mountainous area, and the reclamation land “Tanada” on the shore have been thrived from ancient times, and these commands panoramic views.

Furthermore, intangible culture such as traditional festivals and rich foods are lively, and the Kikuchi River Region is a quite unique place that we can see the arts and culinary culture created by the cultural background and the rice cultivation.



Social Education Section, Lifelong Learning Division, Education Board of Kikuchi City

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