A Vast Artificial Region Designed for Food Production

Hachirogata Reclaimed Land

Hachirogata, once the second largest lake in Japan, was transformed into a vast stretch of farmland in a reclamation project. The objective of the project was to bolster production to protect against food shortages, stabilize production in a region prone to cold-weather damage, and improve relations with foreign countries after World War II. The government recruited settlers, and as part of a national initiative, a model farming village was created to implement large-scale mechanized agriculture, centering primarily on rice production. The endlessly flat artificial landscape is structured out of straight roads and windbreaks in the below-sea level area, surrounded and properly controlled by coastal revetments.

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