Oita - Land of Plenty
Oita Prefecture has been known since ancient times as the "Land of Plenty." But why? Cyclist James Hobbs looks for answers on a 3 day, 350km ride through this southern region. His route through Oita's majestic mountains brings him in touch with a doctor carefully looking after the region's aged residents. He also visits an island of just 18 inhabitants and learns how those inhabitants are working to keep their traditions alive for the future. All that and more on this ride through the Land of Plenty!
Shichitoi, a crop used for making high-end tatami mats
A doctor/photographer caring for the mountain elderly
Barley miso, made on an island of just 18 inhabitants
Youthful energy means hope for that island's future