The Satoyama of Nose, Osaka Prefecture

Nose Town is located about 30 kilometers north of central Osaka. With terraced rice fields and villages surrounded by groves of trees, the satoyama landscape from long ago is interwoven with the people's lives. In a part of a village, a huge Japanese zelkova tree that's over 1,000 years old provides a place for owls to raise their young. In early summer, butterflies such as the zephyrus relative known as the "jewel of the forest" flutter about the trees in the surrounding mountains. Local residents work to protect the butterfly paradise. Take a closer look at the diverse workings of life in the satoyama foothills near Osaka.