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  • it all started with a damn.

  • A damn that put an entire village underwater and subsequently wiped out several others along with Yeah, a damn that divided not just the landscape, but the people themselves taking with it friendships and entire families.

  • A damn.

  • That changed everything for so many.

  • No, cool.

  • No more religion, age or so.

  • Today.

  • I have not done that.

  • 2004.

  • A condom broke on this job.

  • Cortana.

  • No, no more.

  • Soon that I get on that.

  • Mm hmm.

  • Mhm.

  • Yeah.

  • And over a dozen abandoned villages are scattered throughout these mountains.

  • The area is known as Kuriyama and each village has its own name and unique history.

  • But almost all of them shared some common traits from the items left behind to the reasons they were abandoned to begin with.

  • Some have been abandoned for more than half a century.

  • And while there were once accessible through narrow mountain hiking paths, they're becoming nearly unreachable as the past are slowly taken back by nature.

  • The paths are far from safe and there are no shortages of dangerous wild animals in the area.

  • Mm Even explorers and hikers have become a rarity.

  • Yeah.

  • Then my mother meeting together.

  • Come on you Maceio.

  • No tax on from God.

  • You know, how is it even?

  • I get it.

  • Okay there.

  • Mm.

  • From there.

  • I know.

  • Mhm.

  • Windows then what's going to take a yoga sort of that colima locally that I uh uh huh uh your Sydney Sanjay, Haka, haka.

  • So who she was.

  • You know, not to, you can write a soldier.

  • The dam was necessary.

  • The area had a history of repeated flooding and it was put in to fix this while also supporting larger cities that were struggling with water supply.

  • There's now a lake where the main village used to be and everyone who lived in that village had no choice but to relocate.

  • The nearby mountain villages relied heavily on this main village for both supplies and work and the inevitable loss of the main village led to a very quick decline in the population.

  • Of those living in the surrounding mountains staying had simply become far more trouble than it was worth.

  • So it's good to have, you know, okay, if the men do like, I get that.

  • My screen, yeah, don't get me now, I'm not gonna miss out on that, but I think that I don't know what we know today.

  • Uh uh so I have to go today.

  • Uh huh.

  • He said I did it.

  • So they wanted to mhm Detective Kamani, unique.

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  • But yeah, you're going to a museum, so you know me, Danny Arnold, you're in England, they're there.

  • Yeah, these weren't rich people by any means and moving or tearing down a home is an expensive process, especially in Japan.

  • So the villages started to be abandoned often being left as they were.

  • But the abandonment was far from being a fast process.

  • It took decades.

  • In fact, almost as if one by one people would just move on to a new life, some left by choice, but others felt like they had been forced out, maybe they just didn't want to remember, but so much was left behind, almost as if they had left in a rush, I couldn't get past this and found myself asking everyone I could why they thought this might be, Yeah, mama carol, look at all.

  • No, but I always want, I'm not until now.

  • Uh huh.

  • Do you discuss Okay.

  • The time of your name?

  • We didn't go getting a taxi of course anymore.

  • Yeah, I mean I have to look.

  • No, and tomorrow.

  • Mm.

  • Oh, you have to, uh, shut the walk.

  • Cool nunca.

  • Uh huh Brother.

  • So, oh, so different.

  • Mm.

  • Yeah.

  • Mm.

  • And on that we're just going to say this up.

  • I ventured to the top of the mountain where I found four homes and the one remaining man who lives there working outside.

  • We talked for a bit.

  • He was nice.

  • He said he chooses to live up there for the peace and solitude.

  • He requested that I don't show him or his home and I happily agreed.

  • I wish him all the best.

  • Mm.

it all started with a damn.

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Why Was This Japanese Village Abandoned?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/05/02
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