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Traveling the coast of northern Japan, here and there you find fragments of older roads that loop away from the highway to snake along the cliffs.

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Some of these roads are still passable; some lead to half-forgotten fishing villages. Others, though they are no more than 50 years old, have been entirely abandoned and left to slowly crumble into the sea.

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One melancholy October day, Taeko and I were taking a leisurely drive to nowhere in particular. Coming out of a tunnel, we noticed a turnoff to the left and decided to stop. Awed by the apocalyptic scene, I pulled out my camera ...

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