The quiet loneliness of a Japanese coastal town

Most of the standard images of Japan are packed, bustling streets, with even busier trains. They are true representations too. At least in regards Tokyo and the country’s other big cities. But escape the concrete metropolises and it’s a very different scene altogether. One made all the more extreme by the ongoing movement away from rural areas, and the rapid ageing of Japan’s population.

Creating places that are quiet.

quiet Japanese coastal town

Often bleak.

quiet Japanese coastal town

And sometimes really quite lonely.

quiet Japanese coastal town

Tokyo summer festival soaking

People pouring buckets of ice water over themselves for charity may well be a thing at the moment, but at the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri in Tokyo, they have been doing something very similar for much, much longer. A simple bit of festival fun that many look forward to. Even getting all dressed up just to get a good soaking.

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri Tokyo water festival

And as such, it’s enjoyed by people of all ages, although sulking little lads are sometimes an exception.

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri Tokyo water festival