The Matagi were originally an indigenous tribe of self-subsistent males living in deep mountain forest areas in Japan.
Before the 1960’s, most of them lived life practically without money. However, with high economic growth in the 1970’s, some of them moved to towns in order to find more modern and comfortable jobs. As the years have passed, the MATAGI are now considered only as a kind of hunters living in rural areas of Japan. Nowadays, the traditions of the Matagi face being lost forever.
Photographer: Hajime Kimura
Camera: Nikon FM2
Hajime’s photographs of the Matagi are now available in a photobook called Kodama published by Mado-sha. Limited artist-signed copies now available at the IPA Photo Book Store.