Jomon Sugi

If we talk about Yakushima, we can't help but also talk about the Jomon Sugi. 
The Jomon Sugi is a giant Japanese cedar tree (Cryptomeria tree), believed to be between 2000 and 7000 years old.


Every year, around ten thousand people from all over the country come and take part of an 8-10 hours hike, to be able to reach the considered to be the oldest tree in Japan. 

When visiting this 25meters tall Yakusugi, which has survived countless natural disasters and the human hand, you can't help but wonder what kind of stories it must hide.


In Japan, we feel summer is finally here when we hear the cicada's cry. 
Cicada - クマゼミ

This cicada found in a Tankan tree in Yakushima Senvus Village is called Kumazemi (bear cicada), because of its huge body, and it is usually found in subtropical areas. 

There are around 35 species of cicadas in Japan, and their cry differs from one another. The words used to describe their singing changes according to the species and the region of Japan. 
For example, this Kumazemi is said to cry "shashasha" in some parts of Japan, but "washiwashiwashi" in Kyushu. 

Hope we can find other species of cicadas this summer too!  

Libby and Alice

Two years ago, we welcomed Libby and Alice, from England, as volunteers. 
Libby and Alice are friends since primary school, and they've always wanted to travel together. We are glad that they both chose Yakushima Senvus Village to visit!  


They helped us with two important tasks related to the Rice paddy Relay that students of Yakushima Ohzora High School carry out every year: harvest and threshing the black and red rice. Doing so, they helped the students learn the importance of communicating and trusting their partners.  


They also helped us with various task at the farm, participated of Outdoor classes with the students of Yakushima Ohzora High School, and had easy conversations with them in English.  
Thank you both for all your help! 

Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen

Approximately 7km away from Yakushima Senvus Village, you can find Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen. 
屋久島センバスビレッジから約7 km離れたところに、「平内海中温泉」があります。


Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is a natural hot spring formed from ocean rocks right next to the sea. Since the naturally formed pools are filled with sea water during high tide, you can only enjoy the hot springs two hours before and after low tide. 

Since it is in the wild, it doesn't have a toilet and is not separated by gender. You can experience an old style, original Japanese onsen first hand. 

While relaxing on Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen, you can hear the waves crushing, and enjoy the sunset or the twinkling stars. 

After a tiresome day, it is the perfect spot to relax! 

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