Shirakawa village has been hidden in the Chichibu mountain far from the center of Saitama city. It is said that people in this village had been making a living as charcoal makers. The village would never be back… Unfortunately, you will never see villagers laughing.
A lot of forgotten villages like this still remain in Japan, particularly, in rural areas without urban development. These places are likely to be a target to explore among urban explorers in Japan. There is a famous book called “Nihon Mukashi Banashi” meaning Japanese old stories, assembling old fairy tales throughout Japan, and quite a few villages appear in many stories.
このような忘れられた村は日本に多く存在し、都市開発の進んでいない農村部に残っています。これらの場所は、” 日本昔話 ” を彷彿させます。
Speaking of a forgotten village, European countries have a lot to mention, which are mostly bigger than Shiraiwa village , and atmospheres seem to be really different from those of Japan. I happened to hear about a village that looks like the village of “Resident Evil 4”. I’d really like to go visiting that place, if I had a chance.