@TowerDude: thanks, in this update i've used that streetmod you suggested to me, the effect it's way better expecially for neighborhood of small asian houses
@panthersimcity4 & 111222333444: thank you!
Time to go rural!
Hanazawa Rural Community it's a administrative division made by four villages situated between Kaneda and Saito cities.
Rice paddies are everywhere in Hanazawa and rural houses built between them are a very common view.
Agricolture was not widespread in the country till the end of WWII and american occupation. In this period trade, the main economic activity of Hirohashi, almost disappeared and industry was not yet developed like in the following years.
Between years 1946 and 1952 thanks to american economic aid many forests where cut down and irrigation canals were made, those lands were distribuited among the rising jobless population of the city.
Following Saito Line coming from Kaneda we arrive in the village of Ohara, one of the four that compose Hanazawa Rural Community.
Kita Ohara Station, in the right of the picture, it's quite big for a small village like this one. The answer is that Ohara it's a little tourist spot, as we will see in the next picture.
The village is famous for Ohara-ji, a buddhist temple built in a cave. to get in the temple you have to walk the long ramp before arriving in the wooden entrance of the cave.
The temple was initially a russian watchtower built during the nineteen century using the cave as a ammo deposit, during the Russo-Japanese war the watchtower and his cave were briefly used by the japanese as a temporary hospital and a small buddha statue was placed somewhere in the cave. After the war many soldiers who were cured here or those who lost here friends started to come here to pray.
In 1909 the japanese government transformed the pilgrimage spot in a temple, with the passing of the years the temple become popular for those who pray for their health and for tourists that came here to see the majestic panorama from above the ramp and the statues inside the cave.
Saito Line continue along the railroad and stops in Minami Ohara Station, quite distant from Kita Ohara.
Further in the south we find Kawakami station in the village of Kawakami, the second village of the rural community. There's nothing interesting here outside some commuters houses, a convenience store, a small temple near the forest and, of course, rice paddies.
Here's Saito Lines train stopping in Hanazawa Station: Hanazawa it's the main village of the Rural Community giving the name to it. A School, a supermarket, some small factories and shops are located here.
In Hanazawa you can also fin some apartment blocks and not only small houses.
While being still a mainly agricoltural town many inhabitants of the Rural Community are commuters that every morning take Saito Line to work in the skyscrapers of Hirohashi's business districts.
After Hanazawa Station Saito Line heads to its terminal in Saito City, while the landscape slowly become less rural.
The fourth and smaller village of Hanazawa Rural Community it's Minagawa, Saito Line doesn't stop here but a bus connect the village with Hanazawa Station and Saito Station.
Situated near Saito City, and slowly becoming a suburb of it, in Minagawa you can see how sprawl is slowly transforming the rural part of Hirohashi: in this picture near and big and old farmer house are built modern commuters houses.
Agricolture spread in the outskirt of the city in a period of alimentary shortcut and trade crisis. Sorrounded by isolated communist countries Hirohashi encouraged domestic alimentary products for decades, but now with cheaper imports and the opening of China foreign food it's cheaper, at the same time the great wave of immigration over the last twenty years, have made the housing demand grow more and more.
In this mosaic you can see much of the Hanazawa Rural District: from the left to the right you see the villages of Minami Ohara and, separed by rice fields Kawakami; then after a small passage trough the woods Saito Line enter Hanazawa, Saito Line then pass north of a Hill towards Saito City while on the south a road connect Hanazawa with Minagawa village while in the upper right corner of the picture you can see the outskirts of Saito City that we'll visit in the next update.