A web gallery of photographs of nature and indigenous people's life in the Cordillera region of northern Philippines. The photos are contributed by travelers and photographers who have lived and traveled there.
My father went to work in Nagoya City from Kagoshima Prefecture when he was young for “group employment”. I grew up hearing that story, so I shudder when I hear the word “group employment”. Young people in the prime of their working lives, around 18 years of age, are disappearing from the community in droves. If that happens, the rural communities will have no heirs to the rice paddies and the tradition of Festivals is also disappearing.
Compared to Japan, in the Cordillera region, there are still many people of all ages living in the villages and many of them are out in the open and working.
A friend from Cordillera who came to visit our home in Nagano Prefecture said, “Why aren’t people on the streets in Japan? I was overwhelmed by what he said. We Japanese have become accustomed to the unnatural.