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Farmer in the rice paddies

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Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮, Shugakuin Rikyu – Kyoto, Japan)

The Shugakuin Imperial Villa tour (must be booked in advance) includes views beyond the original villa. In the 1960s the Imperial Household Agency purchased the surrounding rice paddies to save the neighborhood from possible development. Locals lease the property from the agency and grow the rice for their own business ventures.

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