On the dark-side of Fuji-san, a village with 200-year-old thatched-roof buildings was abandoned in the 1970s. In one of the remote and largely intact houses, hanging from the shredded shoji, in a living room full of bear- and tanuki-tossed futons and shredded straw mattresses, hangs a 1972 Nissan Sunny dealer calendar.
This calendar is special though, not only because of its condition, but because it has a full twelve months of period goodness — from January through to December — indicating perhaps a new-year’s abandonment.
One of the thatched-roof houses further down the valley under government-sponsored restoration, though we are quite sure the 1970s televisions, kitchens, and living room Nissan calendars will be gomi and not part of the renovations. Pity, as they are as much a part of Japanese history, as anything else.
Skorj is a photographer/journalist living in Japan. You can see more of his work at Magnesium Photos.