Offbeat Video

By David Aspinall 


A videographer explored a village that had been abandoned more than 20 years ago, for no reason whatsoever.

Nagatani Village, which is deep in the Ohi District of Japan, used to have 70 people living in it, however a dam was due to be constructed nearby in 1966.

Despite opposing the plan, villagers left one by one until the village was completely empty and nature took its course.

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Kei Oumawatari discovered houses, shrines and temples had been knocked down by overgrown trees which took root in the remains.

The saddest part of the whole experience is that the planned dam was scrapped, meaning the villagers had no need to leave their homes whatsoever.

Kei said: “There were some people who were against the plan and decided to remain in the village.

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“However, one by one they left and more than 20 years ago and the village became abandoned.

“I met the last person who left – who is now 86-years-old – and he said he never thought he would live outside of the village.

“He also said there used to be many fish when he was little but after the people left, the fish left.”