Tag - rural-life

 
 

RURAL LIFE

Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jan 3, 2017
The slow life in rural Japan is converting more young people
Aging settlements nestled in mountain valleys or fishing villages are drawing more than just retirees who want to live in seclusion.
EDITORIALS
Nov 26, 2016
Safe driving by senior citizens
The government needs to come up with better ways to reduce the rising number of accidents caused by elderly drivers.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK
Nov 5, 2016
Campfire pleasures both old and new
My father went off to war and never came back to us. My mother remarried when I was 10 and my new Dad was in the Royal Navy. Until I was 13 he was mostly at sea, so lots of chores came my way.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Sep 25, 2016
If you don't feel accepted in Japan, join the far-from-exclusive club
If you feel you've never been accepted in Japan, then welcome to the club: Many Japanese people don't feel accepted here either.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK
Aug 6, 2016
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura: the samurai era in town and country
A friend I've known for more than 20 years is now president of the Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura cultural theme park in the Kinugawa Onsen area of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Jul 24, 2016
Cruel wind of circumstance blows islanders’ plans off course
The story of how one small accident heralded the abrupt end of a seafaring lineage.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / FOREIGN AGENDA
Jul 3, 2016
Western media cherry-pick facts and phalli to fit the 'no vagina' narrative in Japan
In Western media coverage of Megumi Igarashi's case, a commonly expressed view has been that Japanese society suppresses vaginal art while celebrating all that is penile. This view is untenable.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Jun 26, 2016
Never mind Japan's looming pension disaster — here's a cute squirrel
On our island of just 529 people in the Inland Sea, we have one post office and one bank. The bank, run by the almighty JA (Japan Agriculture), shares an office with the JA dry goods store, which offers everything from rodent poison to a new water heater.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
May 29, 2016
Plenty of blame to go around for the young and older alike
The 50s must be the point where you can no longer blame things on young people and so switch to blaming middle age.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Apr 24, 2016
Guesthouses are proliferating in Japan's countryside, but at what cost?
To ensure they can continue working into their twilight years, many owners of traditional Japanese inns are keen to change their business model.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Mar 27, 2016
Seto Inland Sea island finds salvation through art, but on its residents' own terms
Until recently facing a shrinking, aging population, Ogijima is growing thanks to its thriving community-based art scene.
LIFE / Language / COMMUNICATION CUES
Mar 14, 2016
Japanese like the look of life in Nagano
Nagano Prefecture is the place that Japanese would most like to move to if they were to relocate to the countryside, a survey shows.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Feb 29, 2016
Alarm over the death of a doctor ripples across the Seto Inland Sea
The death of the island's only doctor has come as a major shock to the islanders of Shiraishi and beyond.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Feb 24, 2016
NGO's Japanese founder foments organic revolution in Vietnam
Seed to Table helps locals rediscover lost agricultural wisdom and pull themselves out of poverty with duck and cow 'banks.'
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Dec 27, 2015
Taking a longer view in defense of clutter
There's a worrying trend in Japan that is spreading throughout the world: that of throwing things out.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 22, 2015
Quaint Kyoto farming community gears up for influx of tourists seeking a less-beaten path
Miyama in the city of Nantan, Kyoto Prefecture, has been noted in recent years as a farming community worth visiting, yet it is just beginning to adapt to a steep increase in Asian tourists who are tired of conventional sightseeing spots in Japan.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 11, 2015
State retirement communities, aimed at luring elderly from cities, take shape in Japan
Ten to 20 cities and towns will be named next year as sites for a state program to create new retirement communities for Japan's rapidly graying populace.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Oct 25, 2015
It's the little things — like ¥10 — that remind me why I'm still here
It's times like these that I chuckle to myself and am reminded why I love living in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / YEN FOR LIVING
Oct 24, 2015
Water, water everywhere in Japan, but fewer people to pay for it
Water is relatively abundant in Japan, but there are less people around to pay for the infrastructure that processes it and delivers it to homes.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Sep 27, 2015
Can art bring people back to Japan's depopulated islands?
I've seen island revitalization projects come and go, but the idea of an NPO riding on the coattails of a successful art trend in the area strikes me as having some promise.

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