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Tsuruta-machi , Aomori Related category:
Yayoi painting    

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It is said that grains and seeds were brought to Japan from China via Korea in the Yayoi period, which is called the dawn of farming of Japan, from which the name Yayoi painting was derived. In 1789, a spell of dry weather continued throughout the summer and it is assumed that it was this moment when village people of the mountain paths, who were at a loss and did not know what to do, brought together seeds of which they had not much left. The next year, in 1790, the people gathered a rich harvest and farmers who were dispersed due to famine returned to the village and waste land was developed, and the gokura system or community warehouse system was newly established for storage for provisions against famine in the same year.

It is assumed that Yayoi painting has been produced every year since then down to the present. In Tsuruta-machi, persons who can make rough drawings have taken over the task of production successively to date, with young people in the community as leaders.

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