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By ATSUO BEPPU
Born in Tokyo in 1938. Passed his boyhood on Amami-oshima island. Moved to Amami again in 1974 from Tokyo. Interested in taking pictures, shooting videos and fishing.


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( Botanical name: Idesia polycarpa )

If you are walking or driving in the mountains in late Autumn or early winter, you may happen to notice tall trees with bunches of red drupelets.
They are Ihgiri (Idesia polycarpa) trees that belong to the flacourtia family and range across Japan except for Hokkaido, Korea, Taiwan and part of China. They grow as tall as twenty meters.
 
They are dioecious and deciduous. There are, for sure, some Ihgiri trees that bear no fruit in fall. When leaves fall in midwinter, red drupelets become more and more conspicuous. Brown-eared bulbuls seem to like them. It is said that the wood used to be utilized for making home appliances and Japanese wooden sandals called "geta". 
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