Village in Amami Islands:Yorojima Island - 5 : Biological diversity
(Setouchi, Amami Islands, Kagoshima, Japan)

There are butterflies! There are birds! There is a hermit crab!

When walking around the village of Yorojima Island, I encountered small creatures frequently.

Even though there are many vacant houses, there are people who live and there are occasional traffic, but the density of people, which has decreased compared to the peak, does not threaten the activity of living things, and it is convenient for living. Did it become? It is a village with high biodiversity. Among the various places I have visited so far, not only in Japan but also in foreign countries, I think the abundance of creatures that I encounter in the built-in villages is the best.

The streets are full of summer flowers such as dogwood (foreign species), gardenia, gardenia, and bougainvillea (foreign species) that the islanders have planted to their heart's content. .. Large black and white butterflies fly in front of you as if you were drawn to the nectar. It is rare for many butterflies to cross such a close distance in a village.

At the beach, there is a tide forest of Adan that has grown to 4-5 meters, and the intricately divided branches are covered with thin leaves, and the dark green ground is familiar with the painting of Tanaka Isson. , The orange ripe Adan fruit shines. Large trees such as Fukugi trees grow inside the village, and when viewed from a distance, it is a forest village. The environment attracts birds, and in the morning and evening, clear chirping echoes in the village.

At the feet of the densely grown Adan and the bushes along the waterways that pour into the sea, the purple coenobita crawls on the soil and fallen leaves in search of the fruit of Adan, which is his favorite food. The legs, which look like a bluish-purple armor with a shell on their backs and scattered orange, squeeze through the fallen leaves while making a rattling noise. Due to the tremendous number of crawling around, the overlapping sounds were heard loudly to a great distance, and I felt a little creepy or scary as small creatures gathered and had enormous power.

And the hub. Although I never saw the hub, the coral stone wall, which is an excellent floor for plants, was also a cozy habitat for the hub and was placed to drive away the hub that might have inhabited it. The number of hub bars not found in other villages on Amami Oshima indirectly implies the existence of a hub.

It is a flowering season for about a week on a summer night, but it is Sagaribana (barringtonia racemosa) that blooms at night. A spore-like white flower emerges in the dark with a sweet fragrance. Right next to the guest house is a large barringtonia racemosa. The mother of the guest house who guided me asked me if I would go because there is a row of barringtonia racemosa beside the farmland beyond the elementary school, but at a place near the plexus, during the activity time of the hub. I was so worried that I stopped going one night.

The last is a supper at the inn, which focuses on locally sourced ingredients. The cucumber garnished with sashimi was exquisitely sweet, so when I asked if it was soaked in sweet and sour sauce, he said that he just cut the island cucumber from the field of his house. The rich ingredients of the sea and land are also biodiversity.

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2021.03 Photos in English version, and photos and text in Japanese version


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Yorojima Island : Biological diversity

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