Last night had a dusting of snow over the mountain ranges looking down over where home is contrasting these mountains to what the “scenery” must be like in Tokyo as more and more Japanese move into Tokyo from all over Japan. The upside is many of these relatively remote places have a lot of small businesses like restaurants and gift shops as well as local food being sold. As Tokyo swells with a growing population, they might just end up going out of central Tokyo to visit some of these outer regions on the fringes of Tokyo bringing their business with them. Tokyo and its surrounding areas marked the 19th consecutive year of net population increase in 2014, as 110,000 more people moved into the area than moved out. Statistics released by the internal affairs ministry last year showed that about 470,000 people moved to Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, while 360,000 moved out. The numbers indicate many Japanese from Hokkaido are moving to Tokyo with 8,942 people from Hokkaido moving to Tokyo in 2014.
Took these photos just after sunrise on Sunday morning, February 7, 2016 at about 6:00am way out here on the very western fringe of Tokyo. It’s not all that isolated out here actually. I get water from a spring where the water is filtered naturally as it runs underground from these mountains. There are always several stainless steel containers around here with water from this spring. Locals set up a system where the water is collected and then forced to flow through a pipe where the water empties out making it easy to fill containers. And in the event of a major earthquake there will be no problem accessing clean water if water sources are cut off at the tap. With 13.8 million (depending on source) inhabitants living in the Tokyo area clean water would be a good resource to have access to. And as far as plans are concerned, the Japanese government have announced a plan to revitalize local businesses by slowing the net inflow of Japanese moving to Tokyo while Japan’s population continues to shrink. Another plan hey? Big difference between announcing a plan and making that plan work. There are so many empty houses in this area it would be enough to house thousands of Japanese. And what happened to the land and housing plan the Japanese government had a few years ago? These houses are all still empty. Why is it everyone wants to live in Harajuku and Shibuya?