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Japanese Okinawan Garden Ishigaki Okinawa Japan by Brian Yamamoto

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Brian Yamamoto Brian Yamamoto
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1.34 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 28, 2011
Date taken
Jul 05, 2010

On Ishigaki Island in Okinawa prefecture, I was introduced to the garden of Mr. and Mrs Toshiyuki Onaga.
After retiring from the city office Mr. Onaga works daily tending to his landscape garden that he began
10 years ago. After watering his plants he noticed that they become livelyand full of energy.He said that
this garden is his small way to green his town and contribute to the reduction of Global Warming. He takes
daily pleasure by tending to his plants from the morning and after the work is done, he enjoys a glass of beer
relaxing in the garden.

This gigapan will be used in Botany and Ethnobotany classes. Kauai Community College students can study
the use of endemic and introduced plants in a landscape.Many of the plants in his garden have ethnobotanical

Gigapan Comments (13)

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  1. satchel hamilton

    satchel hamilton (April 04, 2015, 09:25AM )

    The Fukugi Tree is a very slowing growing species. In the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, some of the oldest trees (100 to 400 years old) are only over 10m (Chen & Nakama, 2011). These ancient trees were planted during Ryukyu Kingdom period as wind breaks. "Garcinia Subelliptica Merr." Garcinia Subelliptica. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2015.

  2. Tyrus Ferguson

    Tyrus Ferguson (March 26, 2015, 12:34AM )

    Nice photo

  3. Daniel Sanchez

    Daniel Sanchez (November 19, 2014, 07:19PM )

    Sagaribana has nice flowers

  4. Krystie Ramos

    Krystie Ramos (March 11, 2014, 05:25PM )

    Beautiful landscaping details how all the plants balances each other in the setting. So serene.

  5. rachel morris

    rachel morris (March 08, 2014, 07:56PM )

    It is amazing what man and nature can do together. Tend to each other, nourish, and grow!

  6. leigh hicks

    leigh hicks (November 04, 2012, 12:05AM )

    This gardener is brilliant! Another beautiful photo...

  7. rachelnina1

    rachelnina1 (September 20, 2012, 09:47PM )

    sotetsu says to friend akou "well,i guess its better late then never"

  8. takadolph

    takadolph (September 18, 2012, 08:49PM )

    I have this growing in my backyard, I believe. BOTANY 105 TR

  9. Martiney

    Martiney (April 10, 2012, 09:22PM )

    Sago is one of my husbands favorites...

  10. Lynn Weidler

    Lynn Weidler (April 09, 2012, 12:39AM )

    I have always thought the sago palm is so pretty.

  11. Krystal Manuel

    Krystal Manuel (March 20, 2012, 01:36AM )

    cool picture :)

  12. noah murray

    noah murray (March 18, 2012, 11:21PM )

    Millions of years old!

  13. Jana Rothenberg-Blay

    Jana Rothenberg-Blay (October 29, 2011, 09:22PM )

    The Cycas revoluta is living fossil, coexisting in the Mesozoic Era with dinosaurs about 300 million years ago!. Commonly known as Sago Palm (although not in the palm family) it can be found growing world wide in a wide variation of climates. The male plant has a fuzzy cone and the female plant has an amazing ball-dome flower. The frawns are very tough to the touch.

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