How Young Japanese People Are Finding Their Ikigai in Satoyama: Kominka Renovation

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Many Young Japanese people are finding their Ikigai in Satoyama. Some people become farmers, others engage in forestry work, and a lot of people renovate Kominkas, traditional style Japanese houses, and start cafes, restaurants, and workshop spaces.

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There are a lot of uninhabited Kominkas in Satoyama, and many people from cities are moving into these houses. You need to renovate them to live, but once you restore them, they become much more comfortable spaces than small apartments in cities.

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Many of the people renovate Kominkas by themselves, and renovation itself gives them Ikigai: Preserving old houses is meaningful and working with hands makes them feel alive.

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How Young Japanese People are Finding their Ikigai in Satoyama

 

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