The tsunami has made the already serious problem of rural depopulation much, much worse. Jun Igarashi
, who lives in a small northern town himself, envisions town planning patterns in which "inhabitants become ever happier and more comfortable as their numbers dwindle." His Forest Island draws remaining homes together in high-density clusters, while the abandoned periphery grows into a forested buffer between village and farmland.
Image courtesy of Jun Igarashi Architects.