Year 2011: Kagoshima Environmental Studies III


Kagoshima Environmental Studies III
Tokunoshima ? the depth of Amami
Towards designation as a World Heritage site?

The hidden potential of Tokunoshima, the depth of Amami

Place names of the Amami islands Tomoo Mizutani
Flood disasters of the Amami and Sumiyo tideland Kei Kawai
Eruption of Mt. Shinmoe, the Kirishima mountain range, and the Kirishima Geopark Ryusuke Imura

Hiroshi Onodera

We are now in the third year of the three-year Kagoshima Environmental Studies Program, and this book marks a key milestone for us. The first book in the series, published in 2009, was entitled “General Remarks and Thoughts on Yakushima”. The second one came last year under the title of “Thoughts on Amami”. The third book carries the title “Thoughts on Tokunoshima”. The path was a natural course of events for us as we are a research team focused on working deep in the local area to develop our capacity to work with its logic.
Researchers publish books in order to make their research results and their thoughts widely known. However, writing is not an easy task for researchers whose main work is writing academic papers and making presentations at academic conferences. It is extremely difficult to write in an easy-to-understand way. Interview and dialogue formats were chosen to make the content understood even more easily. Personality shows more directly in interviews than in academic papers. The opening dialogue of “Special Feature Tokunoshima” is an overall summary of the three years. The dialogue began with the Great East Japan Earthquake, which reinvigorated our commitment to live up to the basic principle of the Kagoshima Environmental Studies Program: an environment theory grounded firmly in the real world.
This earthquake has posed fundamental and civilizational questions to modern Japan. When we look closer at Tokunoshima and the issues involved there, we will be able to discover the underlying potential which has yet to reveal itself. The convolution of the good old days, both the good and the bad, exemplify the smoothly moving days of past. On one hand is the reality of a small island, and on the other hand is a once-in-thousand-years catastrophe. These two issues are of equal value and unavoidable. We hope our environment theory takes a new step forward as we discuss these two issues in parallel.

■Foreword     Hiroshi Onodera    3
■Special Interview

1.A Globe-Trotting Comparative Urban Historian

Yozaburo Shirahata (Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies)

2.The landscape from my earliest memories…The sun sinking in the East China Sea

Y?ichir? It? (Governor of Kagoshima Prefecture)

3.Amami and Chicago are the places where I began my career

Hiroki Yoshida (President, Kagoshima University)

■Special Feature Tokunoshima

Opening Dialogue
Japan seen from Tokunoshima’s perspective??Akira Nishimura and Hiroshi Onodera          27

Thoughts about Tokunoshima

1.General Remarks Power of Tokunoshima Hiroshi Onodera

Tokunoshima lifestyle from an archaeological perspective Akito Shinzato

3.Plants  Plants of Tokunoshima Junko Miyamoto
4.Elders  Life in Tokunoshima? Portrait of elders in a local community
Yuko Oguri

5.Memorial  Tokunoshima and the War Dead?Thoughts on a Memorial from a combined viewpoint of the War Situation and the Environment Akira Nishimura

6.Military  Tokunoshima’s Nature and issues related to U.S. Bases
Yuki Matsuoka
■Interview-Path to Natural Sciences
①An athlete/botanist who dares to hang from a cliff Junko Miyamoto
②A hilarious volcanologist whose career began with Shinmoe-dake Ryusuke Imura
■Research Note

From Amami

① The names of regions in the Amami Islands and the history behind them――
Tomoo Mizutani
Human-nature “symbiosis” as seen from the effects of the 2010 Amami Flood on the Sumiyo tideland Kei Kawai
From Kagoshima
① 2011 The eruptions of Shinmoe-dake, Mount Kirishima and Kirishima Geopark――
Ryusuke Imura

② Yakushima Environmental and Cultural Foundation and its Outlook
Jiro Iwata
Tokunoshima Forum Summary   250
Kagoshima Environment Project Activities 270
Kagoshima Environment Project Declaration 271

Yuko Oguri