In the shadow of Aso-san, one of Japan's largest and most active volcanoes grow some the world's finest cedar forests. We were invited by FIL, a local family-owned lifestyle brand to tour the region and capture the raw beauty of this remarkable place.
Nestled in the hills near Aso-san lies the tiny village of Minamioguni. Here, the Anai family has owned and operated a cedar mill for nearly four generations. In its heyday, the village boasted over 40 such mills.
Today, there are two.