Culture and Seasons on Amami

Spend time together on Amami!

Please memorize those phrases before you come to amami! You'll be a local with just a few words!

Amami has it's own dialect, some of which not recognizable even to other Japanese.

Ki~yoramun!  A beautiful person. (A compliment)
Ugaminsho~ra  Hello!
Ari gassama ryo~ta  Thank you very much!

The seasons of Amami

Spring, March - May

In Amami you can take a quick swim in the weather in GW in early May if the weather is nice. As for Amami Long Beach, In April and May you can experience the harvest of passion fruit. Of course you'll get to taste some as well! At dinner time, you can listen to the shamisen (Japanese string instrument) while drinking shochu mixed with passion fruit. The manager warmly recommends that you give it a try! Shochu is a Japanese alcoholic beverage usually distilled from rice, potatoes or barley, but in southern japan and on Amami, it's made from the sugar canes that are growing here.

Summer, July - August

During the warmest days in the summer the temperature can peak at around 30°C for consecutive days, but because of the maritime climate it is rare to see the temperature rise over 35°C. The nights are usually warm. Seldom below 25°C. Everywhere on Amami you are surrounded by mountains and sea. This makes an impact on the temperature, because even if the sun is strong, the sea breeze is always there to makes it comfortable, at least compared to the city heat! During this time you can enjoy the mango harvest on Amami. From the end of July to the middle of August, instead of the usually expensive mangoes that has been transported all over, you get try out the freshest mangoes there are, straight off the tree.

Autumn, September - November

There are many sunny days in September, and the temperature does now and then reach the warmth of summer. In October there is sunny days and rainy days, warm days and cold days., and there will come days when the temperature dips below 20°C in the mornings and evenings -which makes living a little bit easier. In November the time when the temperature is above 25 degrees will gradually become less and less. As for Amami Long Beach, from October and onwards we also get to experience Octopus fishing. Everyone gets to eat fresh octopus, either at barbeque or perhaps a Takoyaki party.

Winter, December - February

During this time the sun is showing itself the very least of the entire year.、 Due to the tropical climate, only on rare occasions does the temperature go below 10 degrees. Thick coats, muffler and gloves are all unnecessary. Amami's winter is mild! On amami the Sakura trees bloom in early February. They are called "Hikanzakura". You can be one of the years first to see the blooming Sakura trees. Tankan (citrus fruit) can be harvested from early February and they taste fine!

Amami Oshima Summary

Amami Oshima is an island with a lot of old nature. The total area is 712.38 km² located about 380 km south of Kagoshima (Nearest large city on the mainland.) The mangrove in Amami is the second largest in japan. (The largest is at Iriomote Island.) There is a large area of untouched forest on Amami, known as Kinsakubara.

Along the coasts of Amami Oshima you'll find waves suitable for surfing and Amami in general seems to be a popular destination amongst surfers. During the winter season (January - mid April) you can do whale watching near the sea.

Amami's traditional culture is unique to the islands in the Amami archipelago. The spirits distilled from the Amami brown sugar is one example of unique products produced here.. Another is the traditional Amami Oshima Silk which is handcrafted is extremely appreciated as a cloth for Japanese clothing and its texture is very supple. There is the "August Dance" where we dance to traditional folk songs while playing the drum. All to celebrate the successful harvest. The singing is improvised and we gather the best singers who can sing in Amami dialect.

Amami is fun if you go to the beach or if you go to the mountains, if you've been here once you'll always want to come back, to join in the village events and interact with the locals. We call it "the healing island"!

Amami Oshima annual event

February

The Amami Tourism Sakura Marathon

May

Amami Kokutou (Brown sugar) Shochu Day

July

Takachiho Shrine June Light

Sea kayak marathon (Oshima Strait)

August

The Ayamaru-festival (in Kasari-town)

Amami festival (in Amami-city)

Yakeuchidonto (in Umen village)

Santarou festival (Sumiyou-town)

Minato Festival (Setouchi Town)

Hiratomi Festival (Yamato Village)

September

Arasetsu Shoshogama

Hirase Mankai (Tatsuto Town, Akina)

The Hounen festival・Bonodori "August Dance" (All over the island.)

September - October

Shibasashi do~unga (All over Amami)

Shodon Shibaya (on Kakeroma Island)

Amami Oshima Introduction

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Amami black rabbit

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Canoe Tours

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Amami Silk

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A lot of Cydads

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Grey-faced buzzard

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Ryukyu robin

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Amami viper – Habu

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Ruddy Kingfisher

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Papaya

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Hibiscus

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Adan

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Passion Fruit

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Tankan (Citrus Fruit)

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Amami Virgin Forest

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Island Octopus

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Mangoove

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Island Bananas

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Hikansakura

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Mango

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Turtles

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Tropical Fish

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Coral Reefs