Senmaida – “One Thousand Rice Fields”
“Senmaida” literally means “one thousand rice paddies,” but the senmaida of the Noto Peninsula contain almost double that amount. Each of the rice paddies is too small for modern machines to be used, so farmers must plant and harvest their rice by hand. For 20,000 yen (US$197) a year, anyone can own their own small rice paddy and experience traditional planting methods. Every year in October, the fields are lined with thousands of candles, creating a magical atmosphere.