In 2006 the village of Miasa and the village of Yasaka merged with the near by city of Omachi, also in Kitaazumi District, Nagano Prefecture.
For over 2000 years the mountain village of Miasa had been famous for its hemp. Although hemp had been a mainstay of Japanese economy and culture since prehistoric times, in 1947 the US military government passed a law which made it a crime to cultivate hemp without a license, and all agricultural hemp production ended in 1965. Today Miasa Mura (“beautiful hemp village”) is famous for its 300 year old Hemp House (a national heritage site), and its hemp museum (Asa no Yakata), both donated to the town by former village head Mr. Nakamura. Source: Japanhemp.org
Beautiful Tsuwano in Shimane Prefecture is home to Taikodani Inari Jinja shrine with its “1000 vermilion torii.” In 1773 Tsuwano’s lord Kamei Norisada built Taikodani Inari to enshrine a share of the spirit worshipped at the Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, to bring good fortune to him and his people.
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