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Situated 60 km off the southernmost tip of Kyushu Island in the southwestern end of Japanese archipelago, Yakushima Island is unique in its diversity. This small island which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site hosts a variety of biomes. Mountains rising 2,000 meters dominate the island, primeval forests which house a number of large diameter Japanese cedar trees which are thousands of years old and beach habitats which host the southernmost population of Japanese Macaques in the country. The flora is very diverse for such a small island, comprising more than 1900 species and subspecies. Of these, 94 are endemic, mostly concentrated in the central high mountains. Cyril Ruoso shares the mysterious island's iconic views and animal inhabitants in this photo essay.
Yakushima Mountains with clouds, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441070 Yakushima Mountains with clouds, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Yakushima Mountains with alpenglow, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441072 Yakushima Mountains with alpenglow, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Forest in Yakushima Mountains, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441071 Forest in Yakushima Mountains, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Primary temperate rainforest, Yakushima Mountains, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441180 Primary temperate rainforest, Yakushima Mountains, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Temperate rainforest on the cost of Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441066 Temperate rainforest on the cost of Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Rain in temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441155 Rain in temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Snowfall on temperate rainforest, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441084 Snowfall on temperate rainforest, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica), Jomon Sugi, the oldest and largest of its kind is at least two thousand years old, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441067 Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica), Jomon Sugi, the oldest and largest of its kind is at least two thousand years old, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Path through primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441162 Path through primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441181 Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Stewartia (Stewartia sp) root in the temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441156 Stewartia (Stewartia sp) root in the temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Fig (Ficus sp) trees with roots spanning over rocks, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441168 Fig (Ficus sp) trees with roots spanning over rocks, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441182 Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Fig (Ficus sp) trees with roots spanning over rocks, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441167 Fig (Ficus sp) trees with roots spanning over rocks, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Fig (Ficus sp) trees with roots spanning over rocks, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441166 Fig (Ficus sp) trees with roots spanning over rocks, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Fig (Ficus sp) tree and its roots, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441164 Fig (Ficus sp) tree and its roots, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Fig (Ficus sp) tree with roots spanning over rock, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441101 Fig (Ficus sp) tree with roots spanning over rock, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Fig (Ficus sp) tree with roots spanning over rock, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441102 Fig (Ficus sp) tree with roots spanning over rock, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Giant stump named Wilson-kabu, 32 m wide, cut in 1586 and re-discovered by American botanist Ernest Wilson, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441177 Giant stump named Wilson-kabu, 32 m wide, cut in 1586 and re-discovered by American botanist Ernest Wilson, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Primary temperate rainforest, view from inside a dead tree, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441175 Primary temperate rainforest, view from inside a dead tree, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Stewartia (Stewartia sp) tree at sunrise, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441178 Stewartia (Stewartia sp) tree at sunrise, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Fig (Ficus sp) tree with roots spanning over rock, Yakushima Island, Japan
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00441100 Fig (Ficus sp) tree with roots spanning over rock, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso/ JH Editorial
Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441103 Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441105 Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441158 Primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441157 Primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) pair near Fig (Ficus sp) in the costal laurel forest of Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441135 Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) pair near Fig (Ficus sp) in the costal laurel forest of Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441160 Primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441161 Primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Roots covering the ground in temperate rainforest, Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441104 Roots covering the ground in temperate rainforest, Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Hail on temperate rainforest floor, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441107 Hail on temperate rainforest floor, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Hail on temperate rainforest floor, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441108 Hail on temperate rainforest floor, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Hail on forest floor, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441106 Hail on forest floor, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Hail on vegetation, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441114 Hail on vegetation, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441126 Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441125 Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441124 Temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Leaves in temperate rainforest, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441093 Leaves in temperate rainforest, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) pair feeding on fallen fruit dropped by monkeys, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441061 Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) pair feeding on fallen fruit dropped by monkeys, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Tree roots growing over granite rocks, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441150 Tree roots growing over granite rocks, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) on a granite boulder, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441116 Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) on a granite boulder, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Treefern (Cyathea sp), Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441173 Treefern (Cyathea sp), Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) hanging on a granite boulder, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441115 Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) hanging on a granite boulder, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) introduced species on Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441169 Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) introduced species on Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) introduced species on Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441170 Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) introduced species on Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) introduced species on Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441171 Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) introduced species on Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Black Tea (Camellia sinensis) flower with ant, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441172 Black Tea (Camellia sinensis) flower with ant, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Taro (Alocasia odora) leaves, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441176 Taro (Alocasia odora) leaves, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Taro (Alocasia odora) leaves, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441083 Taro (Alocasia odora) leaves, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
Primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00441159 Primary temperate rainforest of Shiratani Unsuikyo, Yakushima Island, Japan© Cyril Ruoso
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