Satoyama, where forest meets human-living world.
The fun of traveling Japan is not only shopping or touring restaurants. In Japan, 70% of Japan’s national land are covered with mountain range and for hundreds of years had been maintained by human as "satoyama", which is the closest verge of forest to human-living area. There are many settlements or villages among mountains where we can see rural houses elegantly stand, and there also show us ancient wisdom how people have smartly lived together with forest.
"Satoyama" is a combined word of "sato" and "yama" in Japanese, "sato" means like village or commune, "yama" means mountains. Satoyama is settled at the verge of forest, halfway to town, it ranges secondary forests, the farms, holding ponds, and grasslands. Satoyama had been developed as Japan's agriculture grows, but in the resent 50 years, more and more people had left satoyama to cities because of the reform of industrial structure.
I, myself grew up in a city and just moved here in in April 2017, now having huge lessons from people here about living in satoyama. People show me how cleverly live with nature and use or recycle of them. Unfortunately less people are living there, but spending time in satoyama gives us such a valuable and leisurely time.