Rainy Yakushima. Where shall we go?

During our stay in Yakushima, a large typhoon approaches. All flights and ships are canceled.
Are we going to leisurely pass our time at the inn today? Even though that’s fine, it is getting a little boring.
So we go to the Yakushima Environmental and Cultural Village Center, the tourist information center in Miyanoura (a town in Yakushima) to check, and it seems like there’s one walking course at Shiratani Unsuikyo Forest (about 30 minutes from Miyanoura where you can drive up a mountain) that is still partially open.

Yakushima Heart TV

Rainy Yakushima. Where shall we go?

Producer: Hirofumi Taniguchi
Coordinator: Akiko Miwa
Videographer: Jiro Kumakura

The Yakushima Baby Sea Turtles

On the third day, at dawn, I saw three boys crouching on the beach. It was the sign that something was happening and thanks to them, I could film baby sea turtles crawling out of the ground. -Jiro Kumakura

Yakushima is largest nesting ground for sea turtles in the North Pacific. Every year, from June to August, sea turtles make their way to the island. It’s said that the baby sea turtles hatched from these eggs will grow into adults as they circle the Pacific Ocean, and they will return to these sandy beaches after 30 years.
At the local elementary school in Isso (a town in Yakushima), the children are helping with the incubation of several sea turtle eggs.

Yakushima Heart TV

The Yakushima Baby Sea Turtles

Special thanks to
Nagata Sea Turtle Liaison Council
Yakushima Umigame-Kan
Yakushima Issou Elementary School
Yoshito Kawada (ULTRAMARINE)

Producer: Hirofumi Taniguchi
Coordinator: Akiko Miwa
Videographer: Jiro Kumakura
Underwater videographer: Yoshito Kawada(ULTRAMARINE, Yakushima)
Editor: Jiro Kumakura

From Yakushima with Love

Yakushima will soon celebrate its quarter-century anniversary since it was designated a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1993. As the island becomes more well known internationally, it’s seeing an increasing number of foreign visitors. However, what is it about Yakushima that makes it so attractive? Kenichiro Mogi, the influential neuroscientist, travels the island to find out.

Cast:
Kenichiro Mogi
Jennifer Lue
Lukas Gehring
John Daugherty

Narrator: Phoebe Amoroso
Videographer: Jiro Kumakura

Special thanks to
PANORAMA Restaurant
Yakushima Ohzora High School

in the Sirako mountain

gecko

When I hit my head on the shade I found there was a gecko. This morning in Issou, Yakushima. Thanks to Mikako Takada we filmed Yamao Sansei’s cottage in the Sirako mountain.

Yakushima’s Flying Fish

“Are you filming? The ocean will sway today. Please be patient until the afternoon.”

Before dawn at Yakushima’s Awa Port, the captain quietly fixes the nails. We were prepared at this stage for the 100% probability of being seasick, but we wanted to see with our very eyes how Yakushima’s famous flying fish are caught.

It was really a tough but interesting shooting!

Jiro Kumakura

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo – Momentum Travel

For the web magazine “Momentum Travel”, I visited the Tsukiji market frequently in October. The market is the largest fish market on the planet and it was very difficult to get a permission to film inside. There are many authorities that you have to ask before start the shooting. Thanks to the people of OTSURU and HISHOU, I finally managed to shoot the video. They are brilliant wholesalers in the market.
If you are planning to visit the market, I recommend you to read through an article provided by the web magazine.

A FOODIE’S GUIDE TO TOKYO’S FAMOUS FISH MARKET
http://momentum.travel/places/foodies-guide-tokyos-famous-fish-market/

A mini-documentary on Unagi (eel) shop in Tokyo

Recently I had a chance to film an eel shop in Tokyo. I ate Unaju (grilled eel on a bed of rice) many times, but I found that there were many things I did not know at all.

Please enjoy the article on momentum.travel written by Joji Sakurai, and the video taken by me and Mariel Lohninger (a first-class sound engineer based in Tokyo).

Jiro Kumakura

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