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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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y CHINABERRYz

( Botanical name: Melia azedarach )

The Chinaberry, or Sendan in Japanese, is a deciduous tree that grows near the sea in warm regions. The trees are usually 5 to 15 meters tall,  and sometimes gigantic ones can grow 30 meters in height. They range in the western half of Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Southwest Islands. Light purple blossoms bloom in April in Amami. They may appear blurred in the distance, but if you look at them up close you will find they are clusters of small five-petal flowers. The flowering season in more northern areas is from May to June. 

 

The drupelets ripen in Autumn. Leafless branches with lots of them are often seen even in late winter, which are rich with atmosphere.

 

The wood is used as material for housing and furniture.
The drupelets and bark are used for medicine and pesticide.
The decocted bark was once used as vermicide to get rid of roundworms. 

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