Dedicated otaku have managed to find the real life locations for peaceful countryside anime Non Non Biyori Repeat, showing that the lush greenery present in the anime was just as verdant in real life – with the impending mass tourism hopefully to prove less of a nuisance to citizens than usual due to the vastness of the area.






















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    Comment by Kaarme
    18:26 18/09/2015 # ! Good (+0.4)

    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.

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    Comment by Carrot_Glace
    23:36 18/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's just a little uncut weed. That slow deterioration is everywhere around Japan and it don't mean anything. I'm sure it's a beautiful place.

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    Comment by Kaarme
    23:53 18/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 30/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 19/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I want to live there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 18/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Landscape porn. Enjoy it now before they start censoring it.

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    17:46 18/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    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.

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    04:38 19/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, sorry, "Jesco" is the bland name version of "Jusco", not "Jasco".

    I suppose it may be a portmanteau of "Jusco" and the British supermarket chain "Tesco", which operated in Japan for a while.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:41 18/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    looks like it'd be a wonderful place to live.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:22 18/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No cell signal though

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:10 18/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    makes it even more a wonderful place to live.

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    Comment by Tasche
    17:19 18/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    either that scooter is perma there or someone brought one. either way, cannot unsee.

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    Comment by SomeDuder
    01:50 20/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    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

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    Comment by Mitchell
    19:26 18/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why they should never reveal how they got the image...eeek Place looks like it could use a wash and clean-up.

    Comment by Anonymous

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:23 19/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous

    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).

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 19/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It almost seems like satire, but I can't made heads or tails of which direction it is going in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 20/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's satire. He doesn't want hordes of Muslims, Africans and Gypsies filling up Japan.

    Not good satire, but I can tell since I agree with the very core of his basic argument (that massive immigration from populations reluctant or hostile towards integration and assimilation is a bad idea), though I dislike the attitude.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 20/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    highly different cultures don't blend well in large numbers, especially if those cultures are inherently conservative like mainstream Islam

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