empty home (akiya)

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Reasons to Live and Work in the Japanese Countryside and Small Towns

by Zoria Petkoska Even the hardcore city-lovers have days when the urban jungle is suffocating, overwhelming, energy-draining enemy. It makes a lot of us think about ditching city life for more comfort, but ultimately we are scared of the unknown. And the city is our playground and we play well on most days. Photo by…

How Does One Man Plan to Solve the ’Akiya’ (Empty Home) Problem in Japan?

As Japan’s population continues to fall the country is left with a unique problem: empty homes. These places can become troublesome for neighbours but one man is trying to change this and give new life to the empty homes of Japan. Akiya – Empty Homes jp.fotolia.com/ In Japanese, an empty home is called ‘akiya.’ As…