From Foreword by Shinzo Maeda: “The word ‘hill’ summons up feelings that are bright, airy, one might almost say literary. However, I am afraid those adjectives apply to very few places in Japan. The only exception that comes to mind is the setting of these photographs, the hilly country of central Hokkaido between Asahikawa and Furano. There one can find the broad, scenic Beauty of true hills. The hills in that area have been cultivated, and so the scenery is not that of untouched nature. Most of the crops are western types — potatoes, wheat, beets and the like, and indeed it would not be an exaggeration to say that those gently rolling slopes are as charming as the rural vistas of Europe. I have been to England twice, spending a total of four months travelling and taking photos, and the landscape in that country is so similar to that of the hill country of Hokkaido that sometimes while driving through the English countryside, I had the feeling that I was back among the hills of Hokkaido. But the English scenery differs from that of Hokkaido; in the former there is a sameness that imparts breadth, that widens the scale of things. Then, too, there are many old buildings — farmhouses and barns redolent with historical atmosphere. This picturesque scenery can be photographed from any angle and exceeds Hokkaido in its expanse and the presence of the old buildings. But the hills of Hokkaido, surrounded by the swirling volcanic smoke of Mt. Daisetsu and the other nearby peaks, has a three-dimensional beauty that is superior in its own way….” Hardcover, 11.75″x 10.25″, 92 pages, 88 full color photographs with captions, Foreword and Afterword by photographer, text in English and Japanese.