A 72-year-old man stripped off his clothes in an isolated island for 2 decades

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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 Island

"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

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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author avatar mistyleaf
21st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Peter.

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author avatar Teila
21st Apr 2012 (#)

It looks like it worked for him.

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author avatar mistyleaf
21st Apr 2012 (#)

Yeah. He must have gone tired of normal life. Thank you Teila.

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author avatar Buzz
21st Apr 2012 (#)

This sure looks like passing the criteria of a star page, Sis, content-wise and images. But, of course, the moods of the moderator apply here, which is inconsistent with his inspirational thoughts. Great page, te!

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author avatar mistyleaf
21st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Brod.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Apr 2012 (#)

In India, in ancient times, it was considered normal to retire and live away from family. They had four stages in life - student, householder, retiree and ascetic. In the last stage, they lived a life of recluse, away from family, mostly in the forest. It is a time for reflection and to prepare for life after. Interesting news, mistyleaf, thanks - siva

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author avatar mistyleaf
21st Apr 2012 (#)

There are some Japanese who do the same Siva. Next time, I'll try to write about it. Thank you for your comment.

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author avatar rarity
21st Apr 2012 (#)

Are kids prohibited from going to that island?

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author avatar mistyleaf
21st Apr 2012 (#)

No, Rarity. Anyone can go visit that island. Some people go camping in that place.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
21st Apr 2012 (#)

Very interesting. I'm not sure I could do that .... no internet for heavens sake! But it seems to suit him well. Good for him.

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author avatar mistyleaf
21st Apr 2012 (#)

Same here, Christine. I can't live without internet! Lol. Thanks for the comment.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Apr 2012 (#)

A Truly fascinating story, mistyleaf. Thank you.

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author avatar mistyleaf
21st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you for your comment Steve.

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author avatar Buzz
21st Apr 2012 (#)

This is supposed to be a Star Page!

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

A very interesting story. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar mistyleaf
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you for your comment, Pradeep.

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author avatar Rosebud
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

This is very interesting. I enjoyed reading it, misty. Thanks.

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author avatar mistyleaf
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Your comment is encouraging. Thank you, Rosebud.

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author avatar Funom Makama
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

This is interesting and weird. For two decades? Wow, the human mind and will is beginning to evolve..

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author avatar mistyleaf
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Hi Funom. Yes 2 decades and still staying there at present. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

amazing naman niyan Kabz....but i wont do that....normal pa kaya pag-iisip ng ganyan? pagkain palang siguro kukulangin sa island.

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author avatar mistyleaf
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

I know you won't do that Kabz. There are no pretty ladies in this island. Lol. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Yeah, this should be a 5-STAR page

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author avatar mistyleaf
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Ikaw maloko ka talaga. Thank you.

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author avatar Val Mills
24th Apr 2012 (#)

I really admire people who have the courage to follow their beliefs. This has been interesting to read.

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author avatar mistyleaf
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Val.

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