On the Haikyo Trail

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In Japan, there are many abandoned places. These relics of the recent past are called Haikyos in Japanese. Currently 8 million homes lie empty in the Japanese archipelago due to rural exodus, population aging, transition of life style, the natural disasters... We follow haikyo explorers to an abandoned school in the mountains of Kanto region, meet the owner of an abandoned amusement park in Tohoku region and visit a former coal mining village in Nagasaki which has been gaining an attention as an industrial heritage. We will visit different haikyos to see the evolution of the Japanese society.

Director Ophélie Giomataris
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Social Issues / Society / Ruins
Air Date (JST) Monday, July 4, 2016

About Director

Ophélie Giomataris

Ophélie Giomataris


Ophélie Giomataris was born in Switzerland. She is half Swiss and half Greek. She studied art histor, history and has a master’s degree in Journalism. She started her career in Paris as a journalist cameraman for several TV channels such as M6, BFM TV, TV5 Monde and French production companies. She came to Japan in 2015 and works for Tokyo Production.