Ok, ok, many of you will ask: do we need even more cultural landscapes on the WHS? And indeed, the list of vineyards is already quite long - not counting the additional ones on the TLs. Other types of agriculture have been included too either on their own (coffee, tobacco) or as part of a broader nomination (e.g. tea plantations as part of Wuyi, if I recall correctly).
Nevertheless, I find this topic quite interesting, and am looking forward to the more exotic/awkward propositions, like the Slovakian "original meadows" pasture TL site. In this vein, here are two additional ones, both from Japan, which could be interesting:
- Shiitake production cultural landscape on Kunisaki peninsula
Shiitake mushrooms grow on wood, and over time the Japanese seem to have perfected the production method - i.e. cutting down the necessary wood, "inoculating" it with shiitake spores, manage it over time while the shiitake develop edible mushroom heads, etc.
The enclosed description provides more details (unfortunately no pictures):http://www.pref.oita.jp/uploaded/attachment/169552.pdf
- Wasabi cultivation
Wasabi is a very hard to raise plant, as it needs running water. Thus, no large scale production is really possible; but over time the Japanese have developed techniques - such as diverging small rivers towards terrace-like structures - to grow wasabi.
The enclosed link shows some pics:http://www.tokyofoundation.org/en/topics/japanese-traditional-foods/vol.-18-wasabi