Photography: 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.





Lived in central Japan since 2001 and spend free days exploring.

6 thoughts on “Photography: Slow Death

  1. はじめまして。FreewayのWebサイト紹介からやってきました。とても美しく黒白写真に息をのみました。同時に私の原風景を思い出し懐かしさと悲しさも感じました。

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