A 72-year-old man stripped off his clothes in an isolated island for 2 decades
A 76-year-old man who was previously an entertainment executive, turned to become a naked hermit in a place that he considered his paradise for the rest of his life.
"Sotobanari (also Sotobakuri ) is one of the Yaeyama Islands, within the Sakishima Islands, at the southern end of the Ryukyu Islands. It is administered as part of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Its nearest large neighbour is Iriomote.
The small island (about 1 km in diameter), whose name means outer distant island, is vegetated. "
It is a small kidney-shaped island that has no natural water and has dangerous currents swirling around the island especially when it's visited by typhoons. Mosquitoes and other insects abound.
"Sotobanari has one human inhabitant, a seventy-six-year-old man named Masafumi Nagasaki, who has lived there in semi-isolation for two decades."
Masafumi Nagasaki is called "the naked hermit" who is a retired photographer and worked in the entertainment industry before deciding to live away from civilization.
When retirement came, he wanted to get far away from it all.
He made an adventurous decision 20 years ago to make the secluded island of Sotobanari his new home and never regretted having done so.
He said, "Finding a place to die is an important thing to do, and I've decided here is the place for me. It hadn't really occurred to me before how important it is to choose the place of your death, like whether it's in a hospital or at home with family by your side. But to die here, surrounded by nature - you just can't beat it."
He admits life on an island that’s full of mosquitoes and has no natural fresh water is tough, but he wouldn’t give it up for anything.
His resolve was tested relatively soon into his stay when a massive typhoon swept over the island, scouring away most of the scrub he had counted on for shade, as well as carrying away the simple tent he lived in.
Despite the inconveniences, Nagasaki has learned to love the place so much, so that he even feels closer to nature now since going about his daily chores naked.
“I don’t do what society tells me, but I do follow the rules of the natural world,” he said. “You can’t beat nature so you just have to obey it completely.”
The beginning of his stay in the island
“In the beginning because I was embarrassed, I was wearing my clothes when the boat comes. But now I do not hesitate to take off everything,” said Masafumi Nagasaki as quoted by The Huffington Post Tuesday (17/04/2012).
“Walking around naked doesn’t really fit in with normal society, but here on the island it feels right, it’s like a uniform,” he said. “If you put on clothes you’ll feel completely out of place.”
He does throw on clothes once a week for a trip to a settlement an hour away by boat, where he buys food and drinking water. He also collects the 10,000 yen sent to him by his family, on which he lives.
His daily life
His staple food is rice cakes, which he boils in water, eating whenever hunger strikes – sometimes four or five times a day. Water for bathing and shaving comes from rainwater caught in a system of battered cooking pots.
Each day is conducted according to a strict timetable, starting with stretches in the sun on the beach. The rest is a race against time as he prepares food, washes and cleans his camp before the light fails and insects come out to bite.
As mentioned whether he had plans to leave the island Sotobanari, Nagasaki firmly replied, he did not have any plans to leave the island that has been occupied for 20 years.
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