Letter from Miyazaki

A pair of mangoes from Miyazaki can sell for $5k. But the prefecture struggles with ageing farmers

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Miyazaki, a southwestern Japanese prefecture takes pride in its agricultural heritage.
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MIYAZAKI, Japan – Daikon farmer Etsuo Noda, 61, does not know how much longer he can scale, let alone build, his 6m-tall, 150m-long yagura tower to sun-dry the daikon, a winter radish.

The yagura, a majestic sight that dots fields in Miyazaki City in winter, are recognised as a Japanese agricultural heritage. They are torn down after the season is over and then rebuilt the next winter.

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