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The Narrow Road to Deep Yamagata

Yamagata, meaning “shape of mountains,” is an appropriately named prefecture with distinctive rural character and a noticeably slower pace of life. It is one of Japan’s least populous prefectures and also home to one of its oldest average populations, despite the ruggedness of the terrain and climate. Even its larger cities seem sparsely populated compared to their counterparts in other prefectures along Japan’s Pacific Coast. Nearly one fifth of Yamagata is natural park area. The prefecture is rich with outdoor attractions, too, not simply undisturbed…

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