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  • Uhhh yea Japan may be the Holy Land and all that, but when I went, it was for the big cities, heritage sites and popular nature spots, not for the shitty sticks out in the middle of absolutely nowhere.

    Smaller towns and most villages are just moldering away into oblivion, are boring and don’t make an effort to improve. They just dump construction material and flotsam into empty spaces, don’t paint anything and the result is just a depressive grayness to it all.

    Compared to the big cities, where everything is clean and modern and 0_0, or the tourist traps like Tsumago where the old stuff is old but well-maintained and very nice to look at indeed

  • As expected, the anime makes the place look really nice when the reality is slow deterioration all around. Although the anime does show it every now and then in specific places, which adds a bit of realism. Not that I’d mind the more pristine image.

      • Japan is undergoing the same phenomenon as lots of Western countries: Countryside empties of young people who move to bigger cities. The result is inevitably the deterioration I was referring to. Same thing happens to an empty house in just a few years, to use smaller scale as an example.

        • It’s called wabi-sabi, mang. If you think you understand it from a wikipedia article, hold your tongue and think about it first. It brings a whole new level of interpretation to this series, and regardless of what your conclusion might be, in the end you might find it hard to deny that there’s a strange and confusing beauty about it all.

  • Where is this? I’ve read on another forum that some of the location shots used as reference for the scenery were taken in Hyogo prefecture about 20km northwest of Kobe between Miki and Kakogawa (Yakujin) and, from what I see on Google Earth, if you’re looking in the right direction, the rice fields could easily pass for the ones scene on the show but then you look northwards and it’s much more suburban than the fictional village of Asahigaoka, with a big Aeon supermarket mall just across the bridge whereas, in episode 2 of NON NON BIYORI REPEAT, Hotaru discovered a giant sign telling her that it’s 50km to the nearest “Jesco” supermarket (bland name version of JASCO, which got bought out by Aeon).


    Also, he makes the case that the single car railway is based on the defunct Miki line.


    I personally think Asahigaoka is more of an amalgam village with visual elements taken from many different locations, like how the school is based on Ogawa Elementary’s Shimosato Branch School in Ogawa, Saitama.

  • Beautiful, but racist. Not enough ‘diversity’. Just imagine how much better it would be if the Japanese were displaced, and this land was occupied by hordes of Blacks, Muslims, and Gypsies. Those Japanese are racist and blind to inherent virtue of multiculturalism. Boy are they missing out on ‘cultural enrich’! It’s a shame they’re so ignorant and hateful, since it seems they have so much space to take in refugees.

    • Japan is for the Japanese!! Lets keep it like that. Any time you have too many races, religions, sects, cultural differences, it turns tension high and removes harmony.

      There is nothing racist about keeping a country pure. As I think this is how it should be all over. Germany is for Germans, Japan for Japanese, Africa for Africans, etc.

      • That is by definition racist.
        I prefer culturalism.

        Anyho, Japan is itself a product of mixing.
        The trick is not to do it too fast, in fact very slowly is preferable, and to keep undesirable groups of people unwilling to integrate/assimilate out.

        Civilizations stagnate without mixing of ideas and people, but too much and an original population is threatened. This can be good for those who are taking over though. The best thing for a polity is to take in a small, manageable portion of people who are easy to assimilate or integrate, or at times a lot (like America, but with people in the same culture group).