Deserted farms

There are many such places as these in Okinawa. Farming is predominantly the pursuit of the elderly and as they pass away, younger generations only rarely carry on the agricultural tradition. Inevitably, nature makes a strong claim before land use is eventually reassigned. These pictures were taken in the north of the island.

Farm shed in decay among the foliage

Farming here was often chickens and pigs, and a few such farms remain in operation around this particular area. However, once neglected, summer heat, heavy rains and typhoons aid entropy in its course and reduce buildings to shaky skeletons of their former workmanlike construction  as the rapid growth of plant life takes a firm grip.

Farm shed lost among the grass


Farm building disappearing under ‘weeds’


Oil drum rusts among the ruins of a farm building


The same oil drum six months later

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