Leave it to the Japanese to turn a volcanic island with razor sharp black mountains and hurricanes passing by every other day into a haven of tropical cuteness. Walking around the small village of Onoaida, in the south of the island, you could see several of these installations. This might look like an altar to cabbage, but this is actually a sort of a self serviced shop. The price is generally written on cardboard, and you're trusted to leave the amount in exchange for the merchandise. No shopkeeper, only that miraculous Japanese honesty.
Yakushima is a small sub-tropical island a hundred kilometers south of the coast of Kyushu. It’s famous for its lush, preserved nature and its ancient cedar trees.