Not the Last Straw: Restoring Japan’s Reed Fields

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Aired: August 3, 2012


Straw-thatched roofs are emblems of traditional architecture in Japan. The largest river in Tohoku, the Kitakami River, had been a major production area for a material used to make these roofs. However, the tsunami swept away almost 70% of the Common Reed nurtured along the river. Straw-thatched roof craftsmen are working to restore the fields.

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