Forest of longevity
Peace and abundant natural
Spirit of the forest "Bunagaya". I love nature, carry a peace ..
Ogimi village is a rich natural Village.The mountains and rivers of Ogimi village spirits who love peace and nature "Bunagaya" live, precious flora and fauna of many seen many, it has attracted attention from outside the prefecture as a base for eco-tourism in recent years.
The idea of people-to-people and "bonds", of man and nature to "harmony", in Ogimi village of love "heart" alive, Why do not you meet our Bunagaya?
Village of Bunagaya
Ogimi village, is surrounded by a forest about 76% of the total area, villagers are living while in harmony with rich nature.
The central part mountains, mountains of limestone at an altitude of 300m class Nekumachidji dake, Boujimui, and Kugani dake is contiguous over a period of about 4 km.
The Ogimi village, there are a number of natural monuments and prefectural natural treasure of the country.
In addition, it is said to be "the treasure house of wildlife" valuable endemic species of animals and plants that live in large numbers.
What is Bunagaya?
- The entire body is red, and small in size like a child’s.
- They have long flowing red hair.
- They can shoot out red flames, and jump around like a fire.
- They can be seen in the mountains, rivers, and atop trees.
- They are skilled at fishing, and eat fish and crabs (they only eat the eyes of fish).
- They like to wrestle in Sumo style.
- They may assist people by holding tree pieces (firewood), etc., but will not enter the village.
- They are friendly to people, and will not hurt people of their own accord.
- 人They can be driven away through prayer.
How to become friends with a Bunagaya
- A basic aspect of the Bunagaya is the fact that they like the mountains, rivers, oceans, trees, land, wind, water, and animals.
- The Bunagaya are part of nature itself, and so are afraid of thunder, storms, and other loud noises, so make sure not to make any loud noises yourself.
- The Bunagaya have hearts as pure as can be, and so you must not play mean pranks on them or use them for personal gain (they will disappear immediately if you try to).
- The Bunagaya can intuitively read people’s minds, and because they have kind hearts, it is important to approach them with an innocent mind.
- The Bunagaya do not act domineeringly or put on a fierce guise, and are not particularly strong, but if you happen to meet one, you should show them a smile, or if you can, stretch out your hand for a handshake. There is no reason to feel bad for them. Doing this will allow you to become friends with them.
- Once you become friends with the Bunagaya, you should get rid of any impure thoughts of malice, personal gain, trickery, and violence to enjoy truly fruitful and pure thinking. If you do so, the Bunagaya will not run away from you.
- It is also fun to enjoy fishing with the Bunagaya, who are skilled at fishing. In addition, they might give you the fish they’ve caught to please you, so it’s also nice to enjoy a meal with them from time to time.
Village declaration of Bunagaya
Within the rivers and forests of our village of Ogimi nests the Bunagaya, which now only live here.
The “Bunagaya” are mysterious beings that love peace and Mother Nature, skillfully utilizing the blessings of the forest and river, and sometimes even making their presence known to us.
The rare species “Bunagaya”, who lived in almost all the villages of Okinawa before the start of World War II, were unable to handle the horrendous war disasters and damage to local bases, as well as the modernization that took place in rebuilding efforts after the War, and as a result left the places they once called home.
In search of the last place they could live in peace at the end of the 20th century, they were attracted to Ogimi, with its bountiful nature and kind people, finally deciding to make Ogimi their new home.
We, the people of Ogimi village, in a show of our pride of having lived among the “Bunagaya” for 90 years since the establishment of the village, have resolved to continue making efforts to build a village full of peace and ample cultural flavor, while coexisting with the abundance of nature that Ogimi village provides, and as such we have declared ourselves the “Home of the ‘Bunagaya’.
July 24th, 1998: Okinawa’s Ogimi Village declares itself the “Home of the ‘Bunagaya’”