Oita - Land of Plenty
Oita Prefecture was known since ancient times as the "Land of Plenty." But why? English cyclist James Hobbs looks for answers on a 3-day, 350-km ride through this southern region. His interest captured by a mysterious sight in a mountain forest, he learns the skill and effort required to cultivate quality mushrooms. Down by the coast, by a fertile sea filled with islands, he experiences Oita ingenuity first hand. And on one of the tiny islands, he meets a young couple who are its hope for the future.
A doctor/photographer caring for the mountain elderly
Mushroom cultivation begins by shaping the environment
Oita ingenuity at work enhancing the flavor of fish
Youthful energy means hope for an island of only 18 inhabitants