Shiraume Senmaida, a terraced rice field in Shiraume-cho, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, which is famous as a "sacred place of Japanese agriculture" and visited by many tourists, will hold the "Shiraume Senmaida Aze no Kirameki " from October 23, 2021 (Sat) to March 13, 2022 (Sun). The event will be held from Saturday, October 23, 2021 to Sunday, March 13, 2022.
Just like a "gaming rice field"!
The "Kirameki of Shiromai Senmaida Azeki" will be illuminated with LEDs that change color from pink to green to gold to blue every 15 minutes, slowly changing colors.
The illuminated rice paddies at night look just like a "gaming rice paddy".
The LEDs are carefully planted one by one by volunteers, just like planting rice.
The LED devices used are called "pet fireflies," and with the cooperation of a local company, they are charged with solar energy during the daytime and automatically emit light when it gets dark, making this a very eco-friendly gaming rice paddy.
The "Sparkle of the Shirome Senmaida Aze" has been held annually since 2011, and in 2012 was recognized by Guinness World Records as the "Largest Display of Photovoltaic LEDs".
It is truly the world's largest " gaming rice paddy.
What is "Shiromai Senmaida"?
It is a terraced rice field built on a cliff on the northern coast of the Noto Peninsula, and is designated as a national cultural asset of scenic beauty under the name of "Senmaida of Hakume.
The landscape that seems to trickle down to the Sea of Japan is a popular sightseeing spot in Noto, and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Minister of the Environment Shinjiro Koizumi have praised it as a "spectacular view.
Some of you may have seen the opening episode of NHK's TV series "Mare" broadcast in 2015.
The new coronavirus outbreak has made tourism difficult, but the festival will be held until March next year, so once you get settled, you should definitely take in the " gaming rice paddies" with your own eyes, buy some Wajima lacquerware on the way home, and try some delicious Noto seafood or No. 8 ramen (ramen noodles) in the winter. How about trying Noto's delicious seafood and No. 8 ramen on your way back home?