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Scene of life with the Jinzugawa River
The Jinzugawa River was called "the river of God passing along" from ancient times. As its basin area is endowed with a pure and rich volume of water, people used the river water for daily life from canals flowing through residential areas in the days before indoor plumbing was common. In addition, people ate fish from the river and used the water to grow rice; their lives were deeply involved in the Jinzugawa River. In those days, this kind of lifestyle was seen all over Japan, but it was only in this area that the shadow of Itai-itai Disease was stealing over.

Lives utilizing the water of the Jinzugawa River In the basin area of the Jinzugawa River, the canals taking agricultural water from the Jinzugawa River were also running through residential areas. Up until around 1930, most households were using this water for drinking as well as for cooking and washing. Until about 1955 when indoor plumbing became prevalent, this kind of lifestyle was quite common.
Lives utilizing the water of the Jinzugawa River Drawing water for daily life from a canal

Agriculture on land watered by the Jinzugawa River From long ago, the Jinzugawa River basin was a grain belt. Since the 17th century, agricultural water irrigation consisting of many trunks with large and small branch streams were used, and there were many rice fields that yielded rich crops.
Agriculture on land watered by the Jinzugawa River Rice planting in the 1960s
Fishery in the Jinzugawa River From long ago, many kinds of fish inhabited the Jinzugawa. In the 17th century, fishery became very popular, and this river came to be known for salmon, trout and ayu (sweetfish). Even into the 1920s, it was considered as one of the leading fish haul areas in the country, and many people could be seen angling and fishing in the river.
Fishery in the Jinzugawa River Fishing ayu(sweet fish)in the old days (photo credit:Toyama Fishery Cooperation Association)

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