*First broadcast on March 23, 2023. In the mountains of Okayama Prefecture, Kamimomi is a community whose features include beautiful terraced rice fields. But with fewer than 90 residents, it is at risk of disappearing. Here, Kyle Holzhueter from the USA engages in a form of natural construction that employs Japanese plastering techniques. One aim in all he does is a sustainable lifestyle, aligned with the power of nature. Peter Barakan learns about Holzhueter's way of life and the rich potential of Japan's rural communities.
Kyle Holzhueter, in front of a wall he plastered
Peter Barakan tries some plastering techniques
In this endangered community, where the average age is 78, community ties are crucial