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The history of rice cultivation and one legendary tenant farmer


Legendary Shonai rice, “Kamenoo” – turtle tail. A variety of rice that became the roots of delicious rice made in various parts of Japan. A cultivar created by Kameji Abe, a tenant farmer, in the Meiji period. People were suffering from poor rice crops due to cold weather. Kameji happened to discover three healthy ears of rice from one plant. After three years of research, we succeeded in increasing the yield. This is ” Kamenoo”. It is resistant to cold damage, has a good taste, and has a stable yield. Kameji did not care about money or greed, he gave away rice seeds for free. He is also said to have devoted himself to the research of groundbreaking farming methods. It became a crossing parent, and an excellent breed has been inherited to the present day.