Slow Death

(The title is far more dramatic than I intended but it’s the only one I can think of at the moment)

There isn’t anything special about these photos. I’ve uploaded them because I think the Japanese countryside is one of the most beautiful places on the planet (if you give it a chance). Unfortunately it’s dying a very slow death and few people seem to care. The young people from the countryside are leaving for the big cities and only occasionally swap places with the youth from the big cities.

It’s depressing. It’s also frustrating.

Especially when you throw Fukushima into the equation. Why? Japan’s nuclear power plants are built either on the Pacific or Sea of Japan coast and quite often a stones throw away from similar scenery to this. Everything could be destroyed at any time, and it’s our own fault.

I try to spend as much time in the countryside as possible riding in the mountains. Taking a camera along is a bonus but nearly always worth it.

この写真は特別な写真ではありませんが、日本の田舎の風景は他の海外のそれに比べても美しいと思います。しかし、ご存知と思いますが、若い日本人たちがどんどん都会の方に移住しているため、田舎の村がますます死んでいます。

残念だし、フラストレーション感じます。

特に福島のことを含めて考えた時、日本の原子力発電所が田舎や海岸に建てられ、いい景色を失っている。一歩間違えれば、すべてが失われる可能性がある。私たち自身のせいなのだけれど。

山を登った時になるべく多く田舎の空気を感じたいと思っています。サイクリングにはカメラをほとんど持っていかないけれど、持ってきてよかったと思うこともよくある。

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