I love living in Japan because we have a diversity from north to south in such a tiny island. Different intereting initiatives now are popping up. I visited most part of Japan to interview the locally active people last year. One of the stronggest advantage for local city or town out side of big city is the “lower entry cost”. In Tokyo you need to have a certain amount of money to start with. Another benefit of local town is that the tradition is less fading… Old craft or classic industry are about to die but still survive in some of the cases. Jimoto Biiki collects the trendy news like cool events, micro brewery and just-renovated guest house. You can search the news by prefecture and category. By the way, Jimoto is LOCAL and Biiki is Favorite!