This month's views

Yakushima's variation in climate gives us some unique landscapes through the seasons. 
These are two of the beautiful sights we got to see this month in Yakushima.

The Mt. Suzudake covered in snow, after the cold wave at the end of the year. 

And a fiery red sun coming out of the horizon. 

It's exciting to wonder what scenery will you be able to see when visiting Yakushima. ^^


One of the organically grown fruits you can find at Yakushima Senvus Village is the kumquat, a fruit native to China.  


The Japanese kumquat (or kinkan in Japanese) is a small orange colored citrus fruit, that is usually harvested during winter. It is actually an ideal fruit for the season, considering its richness in Vitamin C. 

The kinkan has a sweet and sour flavor, and due to its soft skin, it can be eaten whole. Or it can also be made into jam, compote, or other various ways. 


If you have the chance, you should definitely try this delicious fruit! 


Every year in Yakushima, the 7th of January a New Year event called "Onibitaki" is held. 


It can change according to the village, but one example is that for this event, a bamboo tower is built, and the face of an ogre (Oni) drawn by children is hang on the top. New Year's decorations, shimenawa (sacred straw rope) and amulets are gathered, and children who have been born on the year of the same animal as the new year in the Chinese Zodiac (2021 is the year of the Ox), lit the fire and with a bow and arrow made of bamboo shoot at the ogre, thus chasing the ogre away and praying for the safety and health of their family. 

This tradition is meant to chase away evil, purify oneself with fire and bring a new fire to the household. 
We hope this is a good year for all. ^^
今年も良い年になりますように~ ^^

Volunteers from overseas

At Yakushima Senvus Village, for the past 4-5 years, we have been receiving volunteers from overseas. 
For them, it is an opportunity to experience natural farming, practice the language and learn more about Japanese culture. They also interact with students of Yakushima Ohzora High School, help them practice English and share their culture and experiences with them. 
For the students it is a great opportunity to learn more about different cultures and ways of thinking. 


These exchanges allow volunteers to experience the culture from within, and connect with locals at a deeper level. 
And they also get to enjoy Yakushima's beautiful nature. ^^ 

Until March of 2020, we had received 83 volunteers from 30 different countries! 
We hope the situation with coronavirus gets better, so we can meet more people to share our culture and learn more from their countries. ^^ 

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