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Thanks to the Chikugo, the greatest river in Kyushu, Asakura City enjoys the rich paddy field and orchard developed halfway down the river. Cultivation of rice,Japan’s staple food, needs an enormous volume of water, so the elaborate irrigation works has been carried out since in the 17th century. For example, people invented water wheels to pump up the river water across the country. Among them,double and triple scoop wheels are...

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