Shimata, a small "Portland" kind of hub in Hikari - Yamaguchi - had its summer Festival a few weeks ago. Under the initiative and patronage of its store tenants, the area nestled on the side of ARUK supermarket, transformed itself into a small organic market, live music, radio studio, ballet dance floor and artisanal craft beauty.
But this help, if appreciated at times has also its pervert effects which is to weaken the efforts of the younger generation, reinventing a new way of life, surfing its way through years of a flat economy and a changing society. The government, by sponsoring on a macro scale is weakening its community on a micro scale - a temporary bandage on an already ill threaten economy.
Like here, in Yamaguchi, this small community of trend setters, gathered around the large ARUK supermarket, a multi million dollars business, and thriving in its own way, proposing a style and a lifestyle attracting visitors from all over the world!
JUNICHI FUKUDA from the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre - Boston - USA & running THE FUKUDANCE COMPANY.
AKEMI-YA fashion and lifestyle store.
HAYASHIYA Tencho san unisex fashion store
HONOKA PLANTS - Masako exquisite selection of plants & flowers
COFFEE BOY - a local coffee chain with world wide coffee selection.