Okuaizu, Japan

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PEOPLE OF OKUAIZU

Here in Okuaizu, people are living in harmony with nature. Working and living with nature is a hidden desire we all share.

Spring in Okuaizu

After enduring severe and long winter, plants and trees jubilantly wake up and start to blossom. Marshlands are covered with white flowers of Asian skunk cabbages. SCROLL DOWN

Spring in Okuaizu

After enduring severe and long winter, plants and trees jubilantly wake up and start to blossom. Marshlands are covered with white flowers of Asian skunk cabbages. SCROLL DOWN

Yanaizu in Spring
[Kangetsukyo (in Yanaizu)]
Elegant cherry blossoms enhance grandness of Enzoji standing by the Tadami River. The landscape changes its expression as seasons go by. (Note: The houseboat and carp streamers in the photo are currently not in service.)
Thatching Roofs (Maezawa Magariya Community in Tateiwa, Minamiaizu)
Maezawa Magariya community has many traditional thatched houses. The thatch of roofs is changed around April. Take route 352 toward Hinoemata to get to the community. There is the Maezawa park in the community.
A small shrine with a cherry tree (Shirasawa Community in Ina, Minamiaizu)
There is a small shrine standing quietly with a cherry tree. This is located by route 401 North on your right near a small bridge.
A Misty Morning (Oashi Community in Showa)
Farmers’ day start early in the morning. This morning fog is reminiscent of steam rising from a cup of Miso soup that a mother cooks for her family.

Summer in Okuaizu

With fresh air and cool mountain spring, lives in the mountain are fully charged. Under the sun shining through the blue sky, various flowers are swinging, and colorful butterflies are dancing with the flowers.
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Summer in Okuaizu

With fresh air and cool mountain spring, lives in the mountain are fully charged. Under the sun shining through the blue sky, various flowers are swinging, and colorful butterflies are dancing with the flowers.
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Roku Jizo with kids (Idaira Community in Hinoemata)
Children go to school passing by the Roku Jizo. Roku Jizo’s clothes are changed according to the season. Roku Jizo is located by the route 352 in Hinoemata.
Highlands in the morning (Komado Marshland in Showa)
Watasuge (Eriophorum vaginatum) put white woolly hair from mid-June until mid-July. Daylilies bloom around late-June until late-July.
Memory of Summer (in Mishima)
A steam locomotive runs through the rural landscape of Okuaizu. Unlike the life in the metropolitan area, time flows gently and slowly in this region.

Fall in Okuaizu

The mountain valley turns vivid red and yellow as if it is dyed in ink. Golden rice plants dance around in the fields telling that it is time to reap a harvest. People, as well as wild animals in a forest, are busy getting ready for long and cold winter. SCROLL DOWN

Fall in Okuaizu

The mountain valley turns vivid red and yellow as if it is dyed in ink. Golden rice plants dance around in the fields telling that it is time to reap a harvest. People, as well as wild animals in a forest, are busy getting ready for long and cold winter. SCROLL DOWN

Autumn leaves (Enzoji in Yanaizu)
Leaves of trees in the garden of Enzoji turn red around November. The Enzoji with the bright red color is very photogenic and attract many photographers every year.
Ina no Sairei (Ina in Minamiaizu)
There is a festival in Furumachi community. This festival is to show appreciation to the god for good harvest. People dress in Kamishimo, a ceremonial cloth worn by a Samurai, and march in procession passing through golden rice-fields. This march occurs three times in one day: morning, noon and evening.
Change of Season (Noshito community in Tateiwa, Minamiaizu)
The colorful exhibition of mountain trees indicates that winter is approaching day by day. In this area, there is a large rock called Tateiwa. The area is named after this rock.
Golden Rice Field (Shimoyama community in Nango, Minamiaizu)
Rice straw is being dried. This is called “Haze” in this region. Nowadays, it is rare to see Haze because a machine is used to reap crops. Dried straw is used in Tomato fields.

Winter in Okuaizu

Covered in white, activities in the region slow down as snow falls on it. Time flows slowly and quietly. SCROLL DOWN

Winter in Okuaizu

Covered in white, activities in the region slow down as snow falls on it. Time flows slowly and quietly. SCROLL DOWN

One snowing day (in Kaneyama)
Okuaizu has very heavy snow in winter. A day starts with shoveling away snow. Because snow is thick, it takes long time to clear a path. Moreover, because it snows almost every day, the shoveling work is endless. For elderly residents, this shoveling work is cruel.
Offering a Prayer (At Enzoji in Yanaizu)
It is the custom for Japanese to visit a place of worship, such as shrine and temple, between January 1 and January 3. Many people visit Enzoji in Yanaizu during this time of a year and experience its glorious atmosphere.
One Sunny Day in Winter (Hamano community in Ina, Minamiaizu)
By drying Japanese radishes in a cold air, level of radish’s sugar content is increased. This is a wisdom passed down many generations. People in Okuaizu know how to live in harmony with nature.
Longing for Spring Time (Morito community in Tateiwa, Minamiaizu)
Spring returns to Okuaizu slowly, but surely. When the snow-covered ground finally shows brown mud, people rejoice and start preparing for spring.