The disappearing phantom village

Japanese Culture

Hello everyone.
Nowadays, Japanese culture and tourist cities are attracting attention from people all over the world.
However, there are some small villages left behind because of their glitz.
That is my hometown.
My hometown is a village called Inotani in Toyama Prefecture (because it is an abandoned village, there is currently no place name inotani on the map. Only the station name has the name “inotani”).
Since my hometown is on the prefectural border on the way from Toyama Station to Hida, overseas tourists sometimes take trains.The tourist would have been surprised to see my hometown and be more quiet than I had imagined.

In my hometown, there was something like a barrier called “Sekisyo” in the Edo period. Sekisyo is a place to inspect passers-by and cargo on the border between the clan and the clan, and was abolished in the Meiji era.
Therefore, at present, various documents that were once written in Sekisyo remain in my hometown, and the documents are stored and exhibited in a facility called “Sekisyo-Kan”.

Inotani also has a festival that takes place in the spring. Chigo dance by a girl called “Obako” and the characteristic of “Kinzo lion” that is handed down in the neighboring prefecture of Gifu prefecture are strongly preserved.
Actually, when I was little, I was dancing this “Obako”!

To change the story, I don’t have the so-called “prefectural character”. Because my hometown is on the prefectural border.
Although it belongs to Toyama prefecture, it has a familiar culture in neighboring Gifu prefecture, and grew up in a place like the “Alsace region” in Europe.
Therefore, even if people say that Toyama Prefecture is a specialty of fish, I don’t really understand.

It’s my hometown, but as the population is declining, it may disappear.
In fact, there are villages in neighboring towns where all the people are gone.
In fact, the nursery schools, elementary schools, and junior high schools I attended have disappeared due to the small number of children.
I remember feeling lonely as my memories disappeared from the village one by one.

Is there a problem in other developed countries that the people of mountain villages are disappearing due to overconcentration in urban areas?

Nowadays, even in Japan, famous scholars living in Tokyo are talking about sustainability, but I wonder.
If you live in Tokyo, you don’t have to worry about local problems.
However, I think that it is necessary to take into consideration the “end of the village” rather than sustainability.

But even so, it’s sad that there are no people in my area.
If you can, I don’t want you to lose it.

By the way, all the photos uploaded in this article are my local photos.
The contrast between the turquoise river and the red bridge is beautiful.

In Japan, there are many old traditions such as “inheriting the land that has been passed down from generation to generation” and “protecting the tomb that has been passed down from generation to generation”.
I would like to consider both the old tradition and the future of the village.

What are the problems with the villages in your country that are reading this article now? I would appreciate it if you could let me know.

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