I visited Shimoguri-no-sato on May 5th.
It is a very unique settlement in the eastern part of Iida city in South Nagano and I had wanted to visit there.
It is situated in a really deep valley and the steepest slope in the village is 38 degrees, so it is even difficult to stay standing up and go up by car. But local people live in houses, plow their fields and plant crops. The deep valley is known as “sun rises from the foot” and “the Japanese Tirol”.
The sights made me think “what is life? what is Earth? even what are human beings?”
Shimoguri-no-sato is a fabulous place and I recommend you to visit there.
For details, see the page of Shimoguri-no-sato in this Go! Nagano site.