Shiiba Village Japan

Shiiba Village Japan

Shiiba Village

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Shiiba Village

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for Shiiba Village

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Image of the Shiiba Dam from the official Shiiba Village WWW site.

Shiiba-son is a rural mountain village located in the middle of Kyushu. It is very unlike Tokyo and other popular Japanese cities. At times, Shiiba is like a different country. Locals sometimes joke about the need for a passport to enter.

Shiiba, like the rest of inaka (rural Japan) is where Japanese culture has its roots and where even today, draws its strength from. The key to understanding Japanese culture lies out in inaka, not in places like Tokyo or Osaka. One of the goals of this KASSEBAUM CONSULTING web site is to provide you with a new way to understand modern Japan.


Erik Kassebaum