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The Hyoutan-Jima island…a symbol of revival in Ozuchi 1

2013年10月18日 00:27

There is an island in Ozuchi called "Hyoutan-Jima". As the shape of this island is quite unique; it is similar to a gourd, local people have called it by this name since a long time ago.

Before the tsunami, we could get to the island along an embankment. On and around the island are good places for fishing and I enjoyed fishing here with my friends when I was a child. There was a small shrine and a red lighthouse on the island. However, the embankment and the lighthouse were destroyed by a tsunami.

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Aug.2008



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May.2011 (after the tsunami)




This small island became famous as a model of a TV puppet show program for children called "Hyokkori-Hyoutan-Jima" since it aired in the 1960's. The story of this show was about when the island suddenly separated from land and began to move towards the sea. Only a few people survived and remained on the island. These people all had unique personalities and each episode there was some type of drama and they had to solve the problem.






As the story was unique, satirical and amusing, it appealed to many people at the time so most Japanese people know this show. It had a catchy theme song that many people recognize. The story was written by the writer Hisashi Inoue, who also wrote Kirikiri-Jin. Although he did not say which island he modeled the story on, Ozuchi people believe it was their island. It seems very likely because his mother had lived in the neighboring city of Kamaishi.

Hisashi Inoue -wikipedia

Special hometown Kirikiri


Ozuchi town has used this island for sightseeing and sometimes held events related to the island. One example is when they were broadcasting at noon everyday the theme song of Hyokkori-Hyoutan-Jima. However, because of the tsunami, the Ozuchi town building sound system was destroyed.

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Aug.2013 Ozuchi town office



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Aug.2013 Ozuchi town



To be continued...



ひょっこりひょうたん島の今・・・2011年9月 大槌レポート



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