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四国中央 Shikokuchuo



“I want to do it to protect the things I cherish.”

                                                                                        – line from Shodo Girls (film, 2010)


Shikokuchuo, 2016-17


Shikokuchuo is a coastal city located in Ehime prefecture on the smallest of Japan’s four main islands.

It is the leading producer of paper and paper products in the country, a centre of industry set in a traditional rural landscape.

Founded through the amalgamation of smaller towns, it literally means “Shikoku Central City” and was named in a time when it had hoped to become an important centre for the whole Shikoku island.

It is presently dealing with the consequences of rural depopulation and relative economic decline.
















A 2010 film, Shodo Girls, has as its subject a high school performance calligraphy contest set in Shikokuchuo.

This, as in the film, prompted a focal point for the community revival of the city, as evidenced by the posters and placards still remaining at various filming locations.

Whilst the immediate effects have long since dissipated, the spirit of the film lives on.
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