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Yakusugi art Kagoshima

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yakusugi 屋久杉 cedar from Yakushima island


縄文杉 Jomon Sugi

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Yakusugi 屋久杉
is a Japanese cedar that grows on the mountain 500 metres above sea level. The term "Yakusugi" refers to trees that are more than 1,000 years old. Those less than 1,000 years are called "kosugi." (lit. small Japanese cedar)’. The Japanese cedars in Yakushima may also be referred to as "jisugi" (literally: "locally grown cedars")’, but this also encompasses the kosugi, and is a regional dialect.
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the Japanese cedar lives for about 500 years, but Yakusugi lives much longer. Yakusugi that grows on less nutritious granite grows slowly and is grained very tightly. It contains much resin due to Yakushima's high rainfall and high humidity, making it harder to rot. As a result, these trees tend to have longer lives, and many larger trees have been around for more than 2,000 years. Famous examples include the Jōmon-sugi, Kigen-sugi and Wilson stumps, named for their discoverer.
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Daruma made from Yakusugi, Cedar from Yakushima





- Check this page for more items made by Yakusugi-Do : 屋久杉堂
source : yakusugido.com


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Yakusugi ningyoo 屋久杉人形 dolls from Yakushima cedar

Usually a pair, with a ring around each head.






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Yakusugi mingei kogei 屋久杉民芸 工芸品 Yakusugi handicrafts



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Yakusugi cedar is a world-heritage-designated tree that grows on Yakushima Island. The title Yakusugi only applies to trees that are more than 1,000 years old—those under 1,000 years old are called kosugi, or small cedars.

Yakushima Island has a very harsh environment, where the local saying goes that “it rains 35 days a month.” Many typhoons pass through the area as well. The island’s soil is also granite-based, with extremely low nutritional content. Yakusugi cedars that have survived under these conditions accumulate rich quantities of resin, and develop a fine-grained quality.

This precious wood is used to make Kagoshima Prefecture’s Yakusugi cedar handicrafts. However, lumbering of Yakusugi cedar has been banned since 2001, meaning all modern handicrafts are produced using deadfall and leftover stock from previous periods of history.

Yakusugi cedars were offered in the form of taxes from the Edo Period (1603-1868), and though they were lumbered in large quantities at the time, only the highest quality trees were actually transported to the mainland. The numerous leftover trees were called domai-boku, or trees buried in the soil, and they have been preserved in their natural forms for 200 years thanks to their high resin content. Further, as Yakusugi cedars grow on thin soil above granite, many are felled by typhoons and strong winds, meaning fallen branches and stumps from Yakusugi cedars can be found in great quantities.

Yakusugi cedar handicrafts represent a means of making use of these already-available resources. The resin-rich quality of the wood not only prevents decay, but as it gives off a beautiful gloss the more it’s used, it is a choice material for general woodwork as well.

With the wood’s age and its growing scarcity due to the lumbering ban, it’s becoming a growing luxury—a natural material with multifarious shapes and grains that are uniquely attained from the severe environment of Yakushima Island.

Yakusugi handicrafts include everything from furniture to chopsticks, artwork and accessories. They all emit a beautiful gloss and have a classical Japanese quality, sure to only become rarer as time goes on.
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hitodama 人玉 spirit of a dead person, "soul flame"

屋久島では、人玉は丸い火に尾がついたもので、すーっと飛んでははちょっと退き、また飛んでは退くというふうに進む。

. Ikiryō, or shōryō, seirei, ikisudama (生霊, lit. "living ghost") .

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oniko 鬼鼓 demon drum

In the 10th lunar month the Gods are off to Izumo, so thy are not on the island. Therefore the Akuma 悪魔 devil, demon dominates the place.
The Akuma likes to hit the 太鼓 huge drum and a strange sound like doon dooon can be heard.


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There is also a drum festival on Yakushima 屋久島天鼓祭, Tenkosai.

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ryuuoo 竜王 Ryu-O Dragon King

種子島、屋久島、三島などでは消極的な信仰が見られる。トカラ列島では「竜」のつく神詞はないが、乙姫神社が存在し、巫女のネーシ(内侍)の祝詞の中にリュウグウノカミが出てくる。

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縄文杉語り出したる列島譚
妹尾健 Seno Ken


生御魂縄文杉を称へけり
石河義介


空見えぬ縄文杉を落つる瀧
梶山千鶴子


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Yakushima 屋久島 Yakushima island
is one of the Ōsumi Islands belonging to Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The island, 504.88 km2 (194.94 sq mi) in area, has a population of 13,178. Access to the island is by hydrofoil ferry (7 or 8 times a day from Kagoshima, depending on the season), slow car ferry (once or twice a day from Kagoshima), or by air to Yakushima Airport (3 to 5 times daily from Kagoshima, once daily from Fukuoka and once daily from Osaka). Administratively, the whole island is the town of Yakushima. The town also serves neighbouring Kuchinoerabujima. The majority of the island is within the borders of the Kirishima-Yaku National Park.
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