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‘Hang on’: Riding the log rafts that helped build Japan

For centuries timber from Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture, known as the land of the trees, was so prized that it was used in buildings throughout the country.

But transporting it was no easy task so a novel way of moving it was developed.

Now tourists can experience the journey for themselves with the help of highly skilled raft masters.

The BBC Travel Show’s Carmen Roberts finds out more.

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