A small town in Nonoku (Nono District) north of Okayama City in Okayama Prefecture, nestled in the top third of the Nonogawa River Valley. The community is very close knit - with the benefit of everyone helping each other, but the disadvantage of a lack of privacy. It's on the Tsuyama Line between Okayama City and Tsuyama, so there should always be reliable train service as long as they can demonstrate a need to keep the station open.
Like most small towns in Japan, Nonogawa's population continues to shrink as the better paying jobs in the big cities entice the youth. Most residents are of Japanese descent and are from families that were born and raised in Nonogawa for generations. Though some have come back from the big cities, wanting to get back to the slower life style.
Nonogawa River, national forest land
1 - Obon is usually celebrated mid August in most of the country. But in some areas it's celebrated in July. This discrepancy is due to the old Japanese calendar being lunar based. While it's traditionally celebrated in the 7th month, the lunar calendar 7th month matches better with August.
- Alternative Name(s)
- 野々川, Wild River
- Inhabitant Demonym
- Location under
- Nonogawa River Valley