Yakushima: Ancient Wood Craft from Japan's Most Magical Destination

“When I first came to Yakushima, it would have never crossed my mind that I would soon learn the old Japanese craft of carving Yakusugi wood. I was a fisherman; out on the ocean every day to catch flying fish,” says Clive Witham, who, awed by the beauty of Japan’s largest trees, the endemic Yakusugi cedars, decided to move to the island with his family. An acupuncturist by trade, he didn’t stick out amongst the crew – there are only a handful of jobs by which to make a living on Yakushima so his mates on deck were pastry chefs and salesmen now trawling the seas...."

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