After returning to civilization in 2018, the Japanese “naked hermit” returned to a remote island, which he once called his hometown for nearly 30 years, to say goodbye.
Masafumi Nagasaki, 87, returned to Sotobanari Island in Okinawa Prefecture in early June with the help of Docastaway founder Alvaro Selezo and his team. They are, “Naked hermit” In 2014 I stayed with him on a remote island for less than a week last month.
and June 16 Blog postCerezo, was “rescued” from the island and provided insights into the lives of voluntary drifters after returning to civilization in 2018.
Mr. Selezo said Nagasaki was unable to form a new friendship, especially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also failed to make progress in adapting to the modern world after living alone for 29 years.
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“Nagasaki has a pretty” complex “personality and I always talked without filters,” writes Selezo. “In a typical society like the Japanese, few could understand his eccentric way of life and his extreme desire to live naked on a deserted island.”
“As a result, most people in his neighborhood looked down on him and looked a little afraid,” he added.
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Nagasaki “Rescue” from the island About four years ago, after a local fisherman found him almost unknowingly on the beach. According to Selezo, the Japanese government provided him with “a small bedroom and very little money to meet his basic needs.”
After returning to civilization, Nagasaki spent most of his time trapped in a small, uninhabited island where he could live undressed, much like Sotobanari Island.
Mr. Selezo said that Nagasaki, which sometimes collects garbage on the street, was “feared” by the amount of garbage left by people.
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At “the moment of despair,” Nagasaki used the only old phone booth still in operation in the city to call Tamiki, the Japanese operations manager at Selezo, and struggled to be surrounded by people. I told you that I missed Sotobanari Island.
Nagasaki first arrived on the island in 1989 at the age of 53 as a voluntary drifter. Reuters In 2012, Nagasaki said he chose the island as the place to die.
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“I didn’t really think of how important it was to choose a place of death, whether you were in the hospital or at home with your family,” he says. It is reported that it was. “But you can’t die here surrounded by nature. You can’t beat it, right?”
Selezo and Tamiki were able to persuade local Japanese authorities to take Nagasaki back to the island for a few days. They did not mention that Nagasaki wanted to stay on Sotobanari Island and eventually die there.
When I got on the boat and went to the island, Nagasaki grinned in the sky and “joined hands and thanked my life.” Upon arriving at his destination, the old man happily raised his arms and cheered.
After finding his old belongings at his previous campsite in the jungle, Nagasaki, Selezo and his team returned to the shore. Later, the “naked hermit” slowly began to undress, and Selezo realized that the once agile man was getting older.
“Tamiki and I realized he wasn’t as strong as he used to be,” writes Selezo. “I first met Nagasaki in 2014 when he was 79 years old, but he was very agile and energetic at the time and was able to survive on a deserted island. Now he is almost 87 years old and has a small room for the last four years. Spent in. “
Selezo and his team were scheduled to leave Nagasaki the next morning, but had to reconsider after seeing the man exhausted. Selezo and his team quickly revealed that Nagasaki wasn’t as young as it used to be.
Nagasaki eventually asked Selezo and Tamiki if they would stay on the island for a few more days to take care of him. After that, he returned to civilization with them.
On the day of departure, Selezo said Nagasaki chose to leave all his old belongings behind, saying, “Fortunately, Nagasaki wasn’t sad to leave. He said” Farewell “to his island. He seemed happy to have the opportunity to bid. “
“Maybe a few years from now, if he still wants to spend his last days in Sotobarani [sic] The island, and feeling his time is right, he is ready to leave this world. We will definitely be there to help him, “Celezo added.
After a nostalgic trip, Nagasaki returned to a government-sponsored room on Ishigaki Island, Japan, Selezo said. New York post on monday.
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