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Japanese island man lives as naked hermit

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By Ruairidh Villar

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Nothing like going au-naturale with rice cakes and rainwater. A for effort.

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I imagine he is a lot happier than most of the people I see travelling to and from work on the trains.

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this man is my hero

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Good on him, live your life the way you want to.

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I was going to wish him well but, I'll bet he is happier than a lot of others.

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before spending years on the murkier side of the entertainment industry

Please tell me more :)

He also collects the 10,000 yen sent to him by his family, on which he lives.

No No No Island Man. You can't do this in the natural world. Money = Society.

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I have to say, this guy reminds me of Diogenes of Sinope. A touch of Greek philosophy in the land of the Rising Sun. I would definitely love to meet him.

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cool life

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Reminds me of the hilarious scene involving a naked ascetic who ate juniper berries in Monty Python's "Life of Brian"!

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I envy this guy.

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This sounds like Cast Away but without the tragic plane crash. He's awesome......to say the least.

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I have seen him on tv a couple times over the years, quite the character for sure!

You cud definitely be doing worse!

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I have to say, this guy reminds me of Diogenes of Sinope. A touch of Greek philosophy in the land of the Rising Sun. I would definitely love to meet him.

Did Diogenes get sent money by his family to fund his 'natural' lifestyle?

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Looking at the pic- his table is a very natural polystyrene box. Still, the sea is full of those, probably a native species.

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Nagasaki-san, you're the MAN!! I once had the same dream in 1968 on the Bonin Islands but as you know, the then reverted islands to Japanese control would have caused me to be thrown in jail.

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Wilson! or "uiruson"!!

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Cool island to live on, save for the Mamushi.

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He better watch that rice diet. I bet he avoids diabetes because he eats a lot of greens and avoids sugar. This guy has guts.

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Now when they try this in Ueno Park, someone calls the police.

Finding a place to die is an important thing to do, and I’ve decided here is the place for me

This isn't a phrase most people would assume to be the sign of particularly good mental health. I heard the same expression from a friend of mine about his sofa. Guess where we found him, after all our efforts of getting him help failed?

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Eating when you are hungry four or five times a day is said to be healthier. You eat less each time as your stomach soon feels full, so harder to put on weight. Could be good.

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Very interesting. Hmm. He must feel a lot more free than we do.

before spending years on the murkier side of the entertainment industry

Please tell me more :)

I was thinking the same thing haha.

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If it works for him, then great.

I like the 'murkier side of the entertainment industry'. Now THERE'S a good use of euphemism. Maybe that's why he feels so natural in the buff?

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Here here, oginome. I think it is totally lame he needs regular cash infusions from his family to fund his naked nonsense. What happens when they pass on or stop sending the money for other reasons? I guess it will be bye bye "rice cakes" (whatever that means) and clean drinking water.

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he reminds me of a holy Hindu guru.................

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Cool island to live on, save for the Mamushi

No mamushi down there but he has to watch out for the larger habu!

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Maybe I'll give it a try - anyone know of any vacant islands ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v60k12iHYEA

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jakesmum "I guess it will be bye bye "rice cakes" (whatever that means)"

I'll give you a clue: they're made of rice, an they're round, shaped like cakes. They can be eaten. Get the idea?

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share this article with Occupy Wall Street :)

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Did Diogenes get sent money by his family to fund his 'natural' lifestyle?

No, but he was often begging at the streets. Yes, even ascetics need some kind of income :)

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I am surprised he gets away with this.

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Simon Read, thank you for schooling me. Where I come from a rice cake can't be boiled, hence my confusion. Jakesmum, shuddering once more at the sight of that man's leathery, wrinkled skin.

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That old boy ain't right... ain't right, I tell ye...

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I would love to see nature boy pass go through an airport security checkpoint. An epic moment in the making.

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He is doing ok on his island, so good for him. I have no problem with his dress code, as long as he stays there.

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The human experience is excellent until the day you get sick. If you get terribly sick, and you are alone on an island in the middle of nowhere its the true definition of misery.

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I go to the supermarket once a week too but don't get 10,000 yen from my family for my shopping. I'm more independent than he is. Then again I wear clothes so I'm disqualified.

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Now, I'm not a qualified psychiatrist, but I can clearly see the old man's nuts.

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Wow, this article amazes me .... It would seem that it could be a good spot for tourism because he is there or maybe that idea is already in motion. There goes his privacy! More power to him I say! He is doing what he wants .... and that in my eyes is GREAT! What does he do for companionship?

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I go to the supermarket once a week too but don't get 10,000 yen from my family for my shopping. I'm more independent than he is. Then again I wear clothes so I'm disqualified.

He likely is paying boat fare as well

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All he needs is a naked woman to share his island.

Or does he want to keep the peace and quiet?

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