November 10, 2009

Japanese Grannies Left Behind on the Farm

From the archives:


Miyage prefecture (1963)-- With the post-war economic recovery if full motion, young people left the dreaded inaka (countryside) in droves, leaving their parents and grannies to do the farming, a trend you can still see the effects of today. Most farmers are old. I keep hearing about a "farming is cool! No, really! It's even cooler when it's organic!" boom happening, but have yet to see it for myself. I also keep hearing how Japan imports 60% of it's food. It's a problem the government may have to tackle. Oh, speaking of which, the guy in the photo is some unnamed politician doing the rounds after the breakup of one of the Ikeda cabinets.