Nadachi by Seiya Bowen

Issue 79

Rural towns in Japan are in crisis. The traditional lifestyle in these fishing and agricultural communities can no longer support the younger generations who are drawn to larger cities for economic and cultural reasons.

This migration left these desolate towns populated by a handful of older very traditional people, who have lived in these towns their entire lives, as their parents before them had done.

Each summer for over a decade I return to my childhood home in Japan, and with every visit I am further aware of the diminishing town and the recent developments of infrastructure. 

I watch as mountains are being excavated to construct highways and bullet trains through my home town in order to make the commute between larger cities more efficient.

The construction of these concrete passages have scarred the landscape permanently and in short time, my home will disappear.

Conscious of the undeniable fate of my home I am photographing this town to preserve and remember its existence- both personally and culturally.

The photographs examine the deterioration of a once active community and the new modern edifice that are built in its wake.

Seiya Bowen lives and works in Albuquerque, NM.
To view more of Seiya's work, please visit his website.

 Welcome

Welcome

 Fast commute

Fast commute

 Home grown-cabbage

Home grown-cabbage

 Play park

Play park

 Etsuo

Etsuo

 Park beneath the highway

Park beneath the highway

 Masked teen

Masked teen

 Highway

Highway

 A look inside

A look inside

 Rusted knife

Rusted knife

 Longing

Longing

 The view from the mountain

The view from the mountain

 Fast commute- bullet train

Fast commute- bullet train

 Landline

Landline

 The mechanic - Tomono San

The mechanic - Tomono San

 Slippers

Slippers

 The sprayer

The sprayer

 Home grown- strawberries

Home grown- strawberries

 A look inside- daidokoro

A look inside- daidokoro