A father over in Japan turned his getaway cabin into a family home. The young dad, who goes by the name Daigo, built the tiny cottage on unused family land in the mountainous woods of Sakuho, in Nagano Prefecture with a group of friends from school.
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It was initially designed to simply be a holiday home for him and his friends to hang out in, but Daigo decided to move his family there. He says that his ties to family are stronger thanks to downsized living.
The cabin itself runs completely off grid and although it may be small, it has composting toilets, solar panels to provide electricity and fresh water that runs from a shrine in the mountains.
Such an inspirational story. As the presenter points out, it shows you a different side to the busy, hectic city life many people associate with Japan.
For more off grid stories, check out Richard Louis Proenneke – the man who dropped everything to live in the Alaskan wilderness.