EP 2 インスピレーション | Re:SET

EP 2 インスピレーション | Re:SET


The first phrase
“bathed in a sea of magma…” refers to the eruption of Satsuma-Iojima
and how Yakushima once got drowned… and started from scratch. From there, Yakushima flourished
and became a Natural World Heritage. It’s amazing. [Shigeo Horie, photographer/nature guide]
These flowers have a sweet fragrance
when they blossom. [Western Laurel Forests]
We’re going to the World Natural
Heritage area of western Yakushima. It’s an important area. Seibu Rindo forest path… 60% of all deer and monkeys
in Yakushima inhabit the area. [Episode 2 “Inspiration”] This is a type of Asiatic Jasmine. You find them in the south. It has a strong fragrance. It’s sweet isn’t it? Humongous! Smell this. It smells good… Leaf mold. When it rains,
water pours over the leaves. The microbes then flow into rivers. And from the rivers, into the sea,
nurturing its environment. Circulation between
the sea and the forest… is becoming increasingly rare
all around the world. Development has broken the cycles. It’s easy to climb up. Amazing! Oh my god! Definitely not for you
if you’re scared of height. [Yakushima Recreation Forest] Do you like trees? Yes, I like trees. Or do you prefer smaller things? Like moss and slime molds. You’re right,
I’m more into the finer details. Beautiful. It’s fascinating. I’m less into stones
but I do have a small Suiseki. What about volcanoes? [Hiroshi Ohara, official certified guide]
I’m not too familiar. That’s a volcano. Really? You’re standing on the spot… where volcanic debris from
a neighboring volcano piled up. So this granite isn’t from Yakushima? No, it’s from Satsuma-Iojima. There was an eruption
about 7,000 years ago. The eruption was so intense
that the pyroclastic flow… swallowed the entire island. The volcanic ejecta is said
to have been roughly 700 degrees Celsius. So it was all burned down… The mountain was huge so a few
living species survived. That’s how this forest was formed. And also some species migrated. That’s how Yakushima revived. A miracle. The soil here is made of moss. The eruption from Satsuma-Iojima
poured lava, over which… the sunlight and moisture from rains
fell plentifully. Then it grew the moss. The moss decomposed into soil. And from there,
leaves and plants were formed. So Yakushima’s rich nature
all started out from moss. Relatively, the ideal environment
for moss would be this. For example, a wet morning with night dew, followed by 1 hour of
tree-filtered sunlight, Then once darkened,
the moss dries and sleeps. I heard an hour is enough for them
to be active per day. Wow. If active for too long,
active oxygen builds up, which is not good for its system. I heard it happens too. But excess photosynthesis
is no good, either. They will die from overwork. Moss’s overwork, huh? A fallen tree. Watch out for a landslide. Wow, this is cool. Is this natural?
Did they dig or scrape this? This is made for climbing. It’s really beautiful… [Buddha cedar (estimated 1,800 years old)]
That’s a big round nose and that’s a mouth
that seems to be shouting. Oh yeah, you’re right. It’s screaming out loud. Trees move like creatures. So with a bit of imagination
you can find something similar. You’re right. Here in Yakushima,
I feel that life and death… is vague… When Mr. Ohara was talking about plants, I thought it was interesting… that he referred to
trees as living creatures. If you cut down a tree, the cells are only a couple
dozen years old. A part of it… could be either young, or old. Different elements
could have been brought together. The line between life and death
is very vague when it comes to plants. In this music video, I melt, I die, and I become
a completely different creature. This creature also dies,
and becomes a new me. I become big, I become small, I’m born into different
shapes, and then I die… Well… Even time doesn’t
elapse in a straight forward way. What I felt in Yakushima… has been visualized. If I add a dimension and put a shape
around it, that’s how it would look like. [“Sound of Yakushima”]

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