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Shirakami-Sanchi, or Shirakami mountains, striding over Aomori and Akita Prefectures, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vast mystic virgin beech forest is the most beautiful during the season of fresh green. One farming family in Fujisato Town, Akita, has been growing rice over two centuries, using clear water from the Shirakami mountains. The old man became the only rice farmer in the depopulated village, but he has a reason to continue rice making. A descendant from the Akashi Matagi hunting community in Ajigasawa Town, Aomori, has been committed to passing on his knowledge on the relationships between forests and human life. He shows survival tips in the mountains and also expresses his gratitude to the mountain gods. Sugae Masumi (1754-1829), a travel writer, was also fascinated by Shirakami-Sanchi. Through his poems and landscape paintings created during his journey, we follow the life of locals residing in the area.

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