Just the word “Japan” can make you think of manga, maid cafes, and bright neon lights. But Maan Limburg, a Dutch photographer, sees Japan as having many empty houses in the countryside.

Her pictures of these places are now in a book called “The Lost World,” which came out in May. One in every 1,500 people in Japan is over the age of 100, making it one of the countries with the oldest people. As more young people move to cities to find jobs, it’s getting harder to keep up with the countryside. And that’s not the only big thing that changed the way Japan looks. Natural disasters have also caused a lot of damage or forced people to leave their homes. This is where akiya, or ghost houses, come in. In 2014, the government released a report that said if things keep going the way they are, about 900 villages and towns in Japan will disappear. 

The country has always been great to live in. And its events being recorded in a book is a thing to remember.