Wednesday, 1 August 2007

An Akatani village house

When I lived in Shibata several years ago one of my favorite places to ride was up the cycle path towards Akatani village where some friends of mine lived. On passing through Akatani yesterday I noticed that many of the older houses in the village had fallen in to a state of disrepair, part of this would be that many of the younger generation have left small rural villages like this to take up jobs in the city rather than continue farming etc. And because of that many of the family homes now remain empty and run down. A few families have moved from the city to these rural villages taking advantage of the cheap rent and the quiet lifestyle but not enough to make a big difference. Pictured in this post is one of the more attractive houses located in the village

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