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Village of hardness and beauty

In September, fresh green colors are covering mountains and valleys where is covered by snow sometimes more than 4-5 meters in winter.
In September, fresh green colors are covering mountains and valleys where is covered by snow sometimes more than 4-5 meters in winter.

Shimizu is the last village to the mount Makihata which is acclaimed one of the best 100 mountains in Japan.

At shimizu, Less than 20 households are living calmly surrounded by beautiful forest.

There was a pass way connecting Echigo and Kanto area through Shimizu village and this village saw some tycoons and their samurais moving toward Kanto area for their battle.

Shimizu is the one of the place which has the heaviest snow falls in this snowy area. People need to fight with the snow for surviving.
Shimizu is the one of the place which has the heaviest snow falls in this snowy area. People need to fight with the snow for surviving.

Elevation is around 600 meters and in the winter season easily over 4 meter of snow covers the village.

The blanch school had closed 20 years ago and very limited number of children are living here.

Aged 20 families are just staying here. Slopes are steep so that rice paddies are not easy to set.
Lumbering business is dying away pressed by cheap imported materials. Maintenance work for high voltage power lines which had been supporting the village economy is shrinking hard because of advancement of remote monitoring technology. The future of the village is really on the edge.

On the other hand, nature of the mountain is still health. Mountain goats, monkeys and bears are walking around the village. Villagers keep their own way of life collecting mountain vegetables in the spring and variety of mushrooms in the fall.

険しさと美しさの里・・・清水集落

9月の清水。青々とした植物が山と谷とを覆っています。これが冬になると4メートルを超す雪原になってしまうのです。
9月の清水。青々とした植物が山と谷とを覆っています。これが冬になると4メートルを超す雪原になってしまうのです。

清水は、百名山のひとつ巻機山の上り口にある山里。わずか20世帯弱が、美しい森に囲まれて息づいています。

越後と関東をむすぶ清水峠につながる古くからの集落。上杉謙信の関東出兵の通り道ともなりました。

標高600メートル近い山村で冬は4メートルを超す雪に覆われます。すでに分校も閉鎖され、子どもは少なく、高齢者を中心とした20世帯弱が残っているだけ。

冬の清水。豪雪地帯である南魚沼でも、さらに雪が深い地域です。雪と向き合う日々が続くのです。
冬の清水。豪雪地帯である南魚沼でも、さらに雪が深い地域です。雪と向き合う日々が続くのです。

地形が険しく水田はほとんどなく、林業は衰退、集落を支えてきた送電線の保守事業も技術革新で遠隔操作が可能となり雇用は大幅に減少し、集落の将来は不透明です。

一方で、百名山のひとつ巻機山(1,967メートル)を背にしたすばらしい自然環境は健在で、カモシカやサル、クマなどの生態系も豊かだ。春の山菜、秋のキノコをいまも村人は生活の中に活かして暮らしています。

清水集落での情報が以下にあります。
http://shiozawa.wschool.net/showindex.php?lang=ja&genre=8