The first time I visited OHSHIMA I was struck by its pristine beauty. Nature’s energy is strong and powerful and as I got off the ferry I immediately noticed the presence of this energy which seems to be absent from most cities nowadays.
If you want to experience a truly grounded connection with this planet, OHSHIMA is the place to visit. OHSHIMA islanders are extremely welcoming and friendly and go out of their way to assist you in so many ways. Their hospitality is a role model for the world.
I was fortunate to have been invited to visit a camellia garden that has been nurtured with great love and care for a long time, a rare treat in today’s busy world. It gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on Nature’s abundance of beauty and reconnect with heartfelt gratitude with how this planet supports and provides for us in so many ways.
Getting to know the Sakamoto family who devoted their lives to the production of sea salt (and much more) was a very humbling experience. They are powerful role models for surmounting challenges and succeeding when others would have given up.
The second time I was in OHSHIMA it was like returning to my other home. I was greeted with smiles and felt like people were thrilled to see the return of an old friend. On the second occasion I had enough time to visit many sites on the island. The volcano emits a strong and magnificent ancient energy and is a reminder of Nature’s expansiveness. Going down to the ocean’s edge and standing on a beach gives you the opportunity to commune with Nature’s way of refreshing and recharging you.
These words do not do it justice. This island warrants much more than a day trip, as that would only give you a small taste of what it has to offer. I can understand why some have gone for a visit and stay for a lifetime. OHSHIMA has my love and gratitude and my feet will touch its shores again. I love OHSHIMA.
Sandra Sweetman, Change Architect (Canada)