A perennial herb of the genus Coltsfoot in the family Asteraceae. One of the few vegetables native to Japan. It grows naturally in wild mountains all over the country from Hokkaido to Okinawa, and has been eaten since the Heian period. Most of the butterbur that is currently in circulation is “Wase Aichi Butterbur“, a traditional vegetable from Aichi prefecture. The Chita Peninsula is one of the largest producers of this excellent agricultural product, and its history seems to be in the middle of the Meiji era. It was discovered in the present Tokai city, and it seems that it has spread to the surrounding area because the leaves grow quickly, the stems are thick, and the scent is good. In addition, the Chita Peninsula does not have a large river, so there was a problem in farming, but I heard that when the Aichi irrigation water was made in the Showa era, it became possible to harvest more stably.
The Mogami region, which is one of the most heavy snowfall areas in Yamagata prefecture, is one of the nation’s leading producers of “forcible edible wild plants.” Wild plants have a strong image of the taste of spring, but by forcibly cultivating them by heating them in a green house in the deep snowy winter, it is possible to have a taste of spring a little earlier. A worker who continues to grow hard with the desire to eat delicious wild plants in the winter when it snows completely. And it is a wish that many people will know the charm of forcing edible wild plants. However, butterbur seems to prefer half-shade. It tends to grow even on the north side where it is not exposed to much sunlight or in shaded areas. However, he seems to dislike places exposed to direct sunlight and places where the soil is dry.
Sakegawa Village has formulated a vision for strengthening the profitability of paddy fields in 2021. The Paddy Field Profitability Enhancement Vision is an initiative policy aimed at creating a production area for unique and attractive products in the paddy fields of the village, and was formulated by the Sakegawa Village Agricultural Revitalization Council. Based on this vision for strengthening the profitability of paddy fields, we provide local subsidies to farmers who practice paddy fields and support their production activities. In connection with rice, Yone Marsh is a spot where photographers visit, with abundant nature and abundant precious flora and fauna in the yone area. The flowers that bloom differ depending on the season, and various animals and plants appear according to the four seasons. This place used to be Ashikariba, and as time went by, people couldn’t enter and it seemed to be all-you-can-eat. However, when experts in the village took the lead in cutting weeds and installing wooden paths, many precious animals and plants such as skunk cabbage and white egret flower were discovered, and it is one of the best in the village where you can see rare animals and plants. It seems that it was reborn as a tourist spot in Japan. Even now, it seems that local residents and the Nature Conservation Society are taking the lead in developing the marshland.