Year of 2017

Wilson Stump on Yakushima Island, Japan

It’s possible that the residents of Yakushima Island knew the secret of this giant, hollowed-out Japanese cedar stump long before Ernest Henry Wilson found it sometime in 1914. But it was Wilson, an English plant collector, who wrote about the stump that’s not only big enough for several people to walk around in, but also has an opening at the top in the shape of a valentine. Who knew nature had a romantic side?

Yakushima is one of the Ōsumi Islands belonging to Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The island, 504.88 km² in area, has a population of 13,178. Access to the island is by hydrofoil ferry, slow car ferry, or by air to Yakushima Airport. Administratively, the whole island is the town of Yakushima. The town also serves neighbouring Kuchinoerabujima. The majority of the island is within the borders of the Kirishima-Yaku National Park.
Population: 13,178 (2010)
Island group: Ōsumi Islands
Location: Pacific Ocean