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Photo Journal: Scenic searing

(Mainichi/Hiroshi Watanuki)

A field of withered plume grass is burned back to stimulate growth at scenic Kawachi Pass in the city of Hirado, Nagasaki Prefecture, in western Japan, on Feb. 10, 2019. Views from the hill on the north of Hirado Island include the Kujukushima Islands, the Oki Islands and Tsushima Island in the Genkai Sea. The burning was carried out by 150 people, including members of a local fire brigade. The grass was ignited at the foot of a mountain and fire spread toward high ground, changing the field from a wheat color to black. According to the city, new growth will emerge a month later and people will be able to enjoy hunting for edible shoots.

    (Japanese original by Hiroshi Watanuki, Sasebo Bureau)

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