As the Japanese population continues to fall, houses, fields and roads are abandoned in remote areas. Usually we see humans overtaking nature, but in many areas of Japan, we can see nature overtaking humans, patiently but forcefully. In this blog, I will share photos and observations of nature’s work to undo the creations of humans. I will focus on trees sprouting on roofs and in the middle of roads, on structures crumbling and transforming, but also on the faded colors of rusted metal siding that was used to extend and patch houses and workplaces after the War.
Many people see this siding as unattractive: “The countryside is filled with what have become eyesores — older houses encased in dull, rust-stained metal.” (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2012/03/06/how-tos/dont-judge-a-house-by-its-exterior/#.VareAXhjbKA). But there is often unexpected and mysterious beauty in the colors produced as the paint fades and the rust breaks through.
Follow me through the mundane, lonely, beauty of a Japan being reclaimed by Mother Earth.