Hotaka: A Country Town
The sun shines brightly from above, showcasing the horizon in all its glory.
I am standing amongst paddy fields in the charming town of Hotaka, where the Japan Alps provide a backdrop to everyone's existence. The quiet, unassuming lifestyle here contrasts sharply with the advertising and jingles pervasive in the cities. It is a refreshing change, and the air certainly smells better.
If I had to live someplace in Japan, this would be it.