After arriving at Anbou Port, the idea was to be greeted by our car rental representative and being provided with a rental car - but soon the terminal became empty and we were still without a car. So we waited in the shade of the port house for about one hour. Fortunately, a polite Kiwi offered help who lives for some months on the island. He is a farmer on the South Island of New Zealand and a temporary English teacher on Yakushima. He visits the island often to learn about new ideas for his farming (he grows tropical things) from the Japanese. He shared some advice for visiting the island for about 45 mins and also told me that Yakushima for Japan is like the Italian part of Switzerland - a little slower and more relaxed ("Island Style"). And probably that is the reason for this representative being so late. Unfortunately, he arrived exactly when my father was gone to organize some food for us... And we could have needed this Kiwi farmer to translate our English into Japanese, because the guy couldn't speak much English.
|Second Generation Cedar Tree: a new cedar tree is growing|
on a huge old stump
We were very lucky not to cross or way with one of the few buses that drive up to the mountain forest on these narrow roads. At the entry we could choose between four different paths through the moss and cedar tree forest. We chose the 80 mins path - and it could have been more. Although I sweated like a pig, the landscape was breathtaking. Every step was mossy, mossy trees everywhere, it looked so untouched. Cicadas sounding, wind blowing (only sometimes unfortunately)...
|Watch your step|
|1800 y/o sugi: the Buddhasugi|
|3000 y/o sugi: the famous Kigensugi|
I really cannot describe how peaceful it was to touch some of these trees, or the mossy ground, it seemed so clean and innocent.
|Daily ceremony for ape families: delousing. But the island is not only inhabited by 20000 humans and 20000 apes, but also be 20000 deers! However the deer was not so exciting for us because we saw a lot of deer on Miyajima already.|
|Very Hawaiian feeling.|
|One dish of our first dinner in our|
pension - freshly caught sashimi