Sitting atop a lushly forested hill in the rural outskirts of Tokyo is a picturesque community that didn't exist half a century ago.

Row upon row of nondescript two-story houses line the quiet, well-maintained streets, connected by a careful web of narrow lanes interspersed with parks and greenery.

There’s a labyrinthine quality to the seemingly identical alleys crisscrossing the town. It’s almost like wandering into a miniature version of American suburbia, minus the spacious lawns and garages. It’s definitely not your typical Japanese town or village, which usually feature a ramshackle mix of traditional wooden homes and prefab housing with little or no aesthetic unity.