Life in the Countryside
There's currently a bit of a boom in Japan for escaping the city and moving to the countryside. The number of people who moved to the countryside increased fourfold in the 5 years since 2009. The style in which people move is also changing. It used to be senior citizens who had retired from work moving to the countryside to live a second life, but recently young people are also moving. How do foreigners view life in the Japanese countryside? We investigate the differences between how the world and Japan think about the good life while looking at the actual circumstances of life in the Japanese countryside.