Directed by KIM MYOUNGYOON
Country of Origin – Korea, Republic of
Among the residents of Kamasawa is Simon Piggott, a translator originally from England, who moved to Oshika 30 years ago after living in and around Tokyo for many years. For him Oshika is somewhere special and, over shots of him and his daily life, he explains why. He has three daughters and the third one Karin is married to Tim, who comes from England but has a Japanese father. Tim says that he came to live in Oshika because of the warmth of the villagers. Another of the Kamasawa incomers is Taniguchi Noboru from Osaka, who felt suffocated in the city. His anger is aroused when cherry trees near an ancient shrine are felled by Linear contractors. Maeshima Kumi, whose family has lived in Oshika for several centuries and now runs a traditional inn, talks about her opposition to the Linear project, as does Tsuchiya Michiko, whose son manages a cattle farm that was begun by her husband. Michiko’s daughter Kaito talks about why it’s important to preserve the beautiful village in which she was born for her child Fumi and the children of future generations.
1992 INCHEON South Korea
journalist in Toyko