891-4208 Kuchi-Erabu Island, Yakushima-cho
In 2011, "Kuchinoerabu-jima Future Creation Council" was established
by several young islanders.
It was launched for the purpose of remote island activation, to promote efforts to have youths settle on the island.
There is a business activity that Mr. Tatsuma Yamachi began. He I-turned
to the island in 2006. He founded a "Hekinko Association" and
began Kuchinoerabu-jima activation project.
Traditional events of Kuchinoerabu-jima are "the dance of Hino-moto"
and "the stick dance", which are dedicated to God . The society
has been working to try to leave the next generation with these traditions.
"the dance of Hino-moto" :Hinomoto-odori
|Ren Minetoma, a junior high school student in Erabu, introduces about Erabu.
There were Bo-odori and Hinomoto-odori, before I was born. Bo-odori is dangerous and so violent. However, Hinomoto-odori is gorgeous and gentle. I think both of them are so cool. We have to practice maybe for a month. The real thing makes me feel so nervous and so hot. But we will try hard.
By Ren Minetoma
"the stick dance":Bo-odori
| Biosphere Reserves
(UNESCO's Man and Biosphere programme)
Biosphere Reserves (BR) are areas of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems, promoting solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.
A couple of Universities each have continued research in various fields on Kuchinoerabu-jima Island.
The graduate students of the aquatic resources biology laboratory of Hiroshima University, have studied on the ecology of fish in the waters of Miura fishing port. In the long-running studies that have lasted 40 years are currently led by Professor Yoichi Sakai.
The following is from the laboratory website:
"In the sea of Kuchinoerabu-jima, water clarity is high, and the water is warm. Moreover, fish that have settled to the reef there are countless. So we study here. Our study aims to explore in detail the society of coral reef fish.
In other words, we study the way of life of individuals."
Kagoshima University,Research Center for the Pacific Islands (KURCPI) aims to promote interdisciplinary studies on islands and islands zones
in Oceania and its surroundings.
In 2009, the survey was conducted in KuchinoeErabu-jima.
Professor Kimitake Funakoshi of Kagoshima International University and
Mr. Satoshi Kunisaki have continued to study on the ecology of Erabu flying
fox since the 1970s.
Mr. and Mrs. Osawa have researched the Erabu flying fox. They have visited Kuchino-Erabu
several times to study it.
YOCA has been engaged in research of Takaturu-ran (a mycoheterotrophic orchid, Erythrorchis altissima) . Recently, Kuchino-Erabu Senior group joined to the YOCA's project together
with associate Professor Yuki Tujita of Saga University.
Dr. Shiro Tatsuzawa has been studying Siberian reindeer and the deer of Magejima and Yakushima from the point of view of wildlife management science and conservation ecology. In 2009, survey of deer of Kuchinoerabu-jima was conducted.
Kyoto University has continued the observation of the active volcano Shin-dake.
By making use of the observation equipment such as seismograph, GPS, television cameras, and satellites to collect data over the Internet, the research is continues to monitor the volcano..