Usually when you create the inspirations comes first, then the art work comes alive.With my visit to Yakushima island it was exactly the opposite – I mean backwards. Like a dejavou effect I saw the “inspirations” to many of maw works I have done already – the magical nature which was also apparently the backbone for Miyazaki Hayao when he was working on Princess Mononoke.
Yakushima is kind of “symbol” of ancient Japanese nature, one of the most “wet” places in Japan which makes it even more magical and whimsical. To stay over you have a choice of typical Japanese B&B places or a hotel – a very special one – SANKARA Hotel & Spa which is not a typical ryokan place as you could expect in here but rather resort style – a renowned luxury treat. Staying at SANKARA in Yakushima its almost like being on the double trip – two in one, which is truly overwhelming experience.
It has an amazing swimming pool, mountain trails just literally outside, fresh air, spa that uses the local herbs, and restaurant with French haute cuisine trained chefs, with own baked bread for breakfast to start a day and sunrise view which is breathtaking. And the overwhelming silence with the never-ending nature around, where monkeys and deers wandering around the local roads, stunning waterfalls and the rain drops which somehow sounds louder yet calmer. Being there was a purifying experience for all senses, and staying at Sankara was a truly luxury treat.
I came back to Tokyo with heaps of photos and some good sketches and illustrations, and very recharged and inspired again.