Life in Kitashinano: The Definition of Japan
North Shinano in northern Nagano Prefecture is a place where many foreigners now call home. Why do they live in North Shinano?
Through the lives of 4 foreigners who have settled here, we rediscover the charms of Japan, the beauty of North Shinano and learn what makes Japan so special to them.
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