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(OK Whatever)   From mosquitos to vipers to police who want to remove you from your island, being a modern-day hermit ain't easy   (okwhatever.org) divider line
    More: Hero, Hermit, Masafumi Nagasaki, 83-year-old, handful of modern-day hermits, ancient times, Naked Hermit, Solitude, times of the year  
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2019-08-23 03:29:39 PM  
Using the 10,000 yen ($120) his sister routinely sent him, ...

O-o

I need you to deliver $120 to a secluded island and give it to a naked man.
 
2019-08-23 04:27:35 PM  
I think it's cheating to get money as a hermit.
 
2019-08-23 04:31:52 PM  
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2019-08-23 04:32:32 PM  
you don't "suddenly get sick" at 82.

you have 82 and it's getting worse every year
 
2019-08-23 04:32:39 PM  
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2019-08-23 04:34:02 PM  
But at least it has a happy ending!

The 83-year-old received medical care, but rather than return to the island once he got better, he was told he had been evicted and could never return.

Nagasaki had feared getting sick for this very reason. A few years before it happened, he'd told a visiting photojournalist that he wanted nothing more than to live on the island until his death.

"My wish is to die here without bothering anyone, that's why I don't want to get sick or injured," he said. "I want to be killed by a typhoon so nobody can try to save me. To die here is the best. It's just perfect for me."


Since his eviction, the Naked Hermit has been living in government housing on Ishigaki, a commercial island more than 37 miles away from his beloved Sotobanari. Around 48,000 people populate it - 47,999 more than Nagasaki might like.

/They "saved" him
 
2019-08-23 04:35:49 PM  
Lost me at mosquitos.
There is no way wanting to be in a place infested with mosquitoes AND then be naked?'
No.

/and while being naked on an island may seem like fun, I'm fairly sure the Maui police wouldn't be happy.
 
2019-08-23 04:37:48 PM  
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2019-08-23 04:44:33 PM  
I don't mean to be gatekeeping hermitry, but does running in to town once a week for supplies on your sister's dime really seem like the life of a hermit?
 
2019-08-23 04:50:43 PM  
Well, I suppose it's better than his mom's basement, like most of us FARKers.

/what was he planning to do if sis stopped sending him his welfare check? Eat the snakes?
 
2019-08-23 04:51:15 PM  

Peter Weyland: I think it's cheating to get money as a hermit.


I disagree.  IIRC it was routine for hermits to live off the charity of others - gifts for advice/perceived wisdom, donations of food, etc.  Hermit was a revered profession back in the day, and is still an actual thing with the Catholic church, if not as common anymore.
 
2019-08-23 04:52:23 PM  
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2019-08-23 04:58:41 PM  
Can we get a pit viper trifecta?
 
2019-08-23 05:02:51 PM  
"Modern-Day Hermits" is an ongoing series about these rare, fascinating people who've chosen solitude over everything else."

I have a yearly subscription to Modern Day Hermits Magazine but I never get it delivered because I'm a hermit living out there in the sticks.

/also have HoboHumping Slobo Babes Quarterly
// 'cause it's lonely out here
 
2019-08-23 05:07:38 PM  

JesseL: I don't mean to be gatekeeping hermitry, but does running in to town once a week for supplies on your sister's dime really seem like the life of a hermit?


Yes. That is more or less how it has always worked.
 
2019-08-23 05:11:39 PM  

zeroflight222: Peter Weyland: I think it's cheating to get money as a hermit.

I disagree.  IIRC it was routine for hermits to live off the charity of others - gifts for advice/perceived wisdom, donations of food, etc.  Hermit was a revered profession back in the day, and is still an actual thing with the Catholic church, if not as common anymore.


I think the Nepalese have one designated woman, who spends almost her entire life behind a counter, talking with anyone who comes by; they bring her supplies, she bakes them a nice loaf of bread or something..

Over the years, she gains a lot of perspective, since her sole purpose is to just.. be there, for the community. Fairly inhumane by Western standards, but that woman is said to be the happiest & most loved one in her world.

Or it might not be Nepalese.. Same kind of mountain-dwelling badasses though.
 
2019-08-23 05:14:52 PM  

Resident Muslim: Lost me at mosquitos.
There is no way wanting to be in a place infested with mosquitoes AND then be naked?'
No.

/and while being naked on an island may seem like fun, I'm fairly sure the Maui police wouldn't be happy.


It's part of the ancient "hung sway," a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the angle of the dangle, and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing campsites on remote islands.
 
2019-08-23 05:17:07 PM  
pics or it didn't happen

j/k


no REALLY J/K
 
2019-08-23 05:25:43 PM  

nitropissering: "Modern-Day Hermits" is an ongoing series about these rare, fascinating people who've chosen solitude over everything else."

I have a yearly subscription to Modern Day Hermits Magazine but I never get it delivered because I'm a hermit living out there in the sticks.

/also have HoboHumping Slobo Babes Quarterly
// 'cause it's lonely out here


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2019-08-23 05:26:40 PM  

Peter Weyland: I think it's cheating to get money as a hermit.


JesseL: I don't mean to be gatekeeping hermitry, but does running in to town once a week for supplies on your sister's dime really seem like the life of a hermit?


There's nothing in the definition of a hermit that suggests that they have to be self-sufficient or live off the land, just that they live in seclusion, which is exactly what he did.  Many hermits have been self-sufficient out of necessity, but it's not required.
 
2019-08-23 05:26:51 PM  
I live like a garden hermit so I am really getting a kick out of most of these replies.
 
2019-08-23 05:36:01 PM  
"I will go mad," he announced.

Things were simpler two million years ago.
 
2019-08-23 05:38:36 PM  

Throbelisk: Peter Weyland: I think it's cheating to get money as a hermit.

JesseL: I don't mean to be gatekeeping hermitry, but does running in to town once a week for supplies on your sister's dime really seem like the life of a hermit?

There's nothing in the definition of a hermit that suggests that they have to be self-sufficient or live off the land, just that they live in seclusion, which is exactly what he did.  Many hermits have been self-sufficient out of necessity, but it's not required.


If getting out and interacting with people once a week counts as seclusion, an awful lot of farkers are hermits.
 
2019-08-23 05:41:04 PM  
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/inconsolable
 
2019-08-23 05:43:37 PM  

JesseL: I don't mean to be gatekeeping hermitry, but does running in to town once a week for supplies on your sister's dime really seem like the life of a hermit?


Nor does also getting a monthly check from that sister.  They don't make hermits the way they used to.
 
2019-08-23 05:46:03 PM  

zeroflight222: Peter Weyland: I think it's cheating to get money as a hermit.

I disagree.  IIRC it was routine for hermits to live off the charity of others - gifts for advice/perceived wisdom, donations of food, etc.  Hermit was a revered profession back in the day, and is still an actual thing with the Catholic church, if not as common anymore.


Not to mention that $480 a month is hardly luxury.
 
2019-08-23 05:54:44 PM  
Actually, it doesn't say how often those checks came in... Monthly? Bimonthly? Every two weeks?

In any case, it says something about our Borg-like society that all three of these people got the "you will be assimilated" treatment. The guy in Italy has a chance to make it, hopefully the government grows a brain and lets him stay as a traditional caretaker. The guy in Japan just got screwed. The guy in Maine, well, I don't approve of the stealing but it is amazing how the rules are "you must live like X" more or less.
 
2019-08-23 06:12:25 PM  
Very interesting article and use of the hero tag, subby. Enjoyed reading that though.
 
2019-08-23 06:20:21 PM  

adamatari: zeroflight222: Peter Weyland: I think it's cheating to get money as a hermit.

I disagree.  IIRC it was routine for hermits to live off the charity of others - gifts for advice/perceived wisdom, donations of food, etc.  Hermit was a revered profession back in the day, and is still an actual thing with the Catholic church, if not as common anymore.

Not to mention that $480 a month is hardly luxury.


if you remove your budget for clothes, it helps.
 
2019-08-23 06:30:31 PM  
At first, I thought this was going to be a story about a massacre of hermit crabs.
 
2019-08-23 06:55:48 PM  

zeroflight222: Peter Weyland: I think it's cheating to get money as a hermit.

I disagree.  IIRC it was routine for hermits to live off the charity of others - gifts for advice/perceived wisdom, donations of food, etc.  Hermit was a revered profession back in the day, and is still an actual thing with the Catholic church, if not as common anymore.


In an earlier day and age I might've been one.  Probably a lot of you Farkers would, too.
 
2019-08-23 07:04:53 PM  
Preaching to the choir, brother.

/no snakes.
/mosquitos the size of cats.
 
2019-08-23 07:50:38 PM  

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Triggerred!
 
2019-08-23 07:55:21 PM  
Hero tag? The sad tag seems more appropriate. I imagine he is seriously hating his new life living on a crowded island. It really is a shame that they would not let him go back to live out the remainder of his life there.
 
2019-08-23 07:56:51 PM  
The man in question, in case anyone was curious.

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2019-08-23 08:15:25 PM  

Weird Hal: I live like a garden hermit so I am really getting a kick out of most of these replies.


User name checks out.
 
2019-08-23 09:18:06 PM  
Knowing what piles of shiat humanity is. I can't blame them.
 
2019-08-23 09:32:42 PM  
Did he buy stock in Microsoft?
That would help.
 
2019-08-23 09:45:18 PM  

Mouser: In an earlier day and age I might've been [a hermit]. Probably a lot of you Farkers would, too.


Hermiting and to some extent monastic life were traditional ways of dealing with mentally ill people. Got paranoid schizophrenia? Go off somewhere remote and herm! Heck, a famous religious figure who caused a great deal of trouble in the mid-1600s was probably bipolar. I wonder how many hermits Prozac et al have prevented.
 
2019-08-23 10:54:26 PM  

hissatsu: But at least it has a happy ending!

The 83-year-old received medical care, but rather than return to the island once he got better, he was told he had been evicted and could never return.

Nagasaki had feared getting sick for this very reason. A few years before it happened, he'd told a visiting photojournalist that he wanted nothing more than to live on the island until his death.

"My wish is to die here without bothering anyone, that's why I don't want to get sick or injured," he said. "I want to be killed by a typhoon so nobody can try to save me. To die here is the best. It's just perfect for me."

Since his eviction, the Naked Hermit has been living in government housing on Ishigaki, a commercial island more than 37 miles away from his beloved Sotobanari. Around 48,000 people populate it - 47,999 more than Nagasaki might like.

/They "saved" him


To the Japanese, a loner is a mental case.
 
2019-08-23 11:41:28 PM  

Mock26: The man in question, in case anyone was curious.

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He has the spry, tanned body for the role.
Should have gone and let the beard flow.


/oh, and jaded me think she he was forcibly taken off the island and not permitted to return because someone with power wants the island
 
2019-08-24 09:46:34 AM  

danceswithcrows: Mouser: In an earlier day and age I might've been [a hermit]. Probably a lot of you Farkers would, too.

Hermiting and to some extent monastic life were traditional ways of dealing with mentally ill people. Got paranoid schizophrenia? Go off somewhere remote and herm! Heck, a famous religious figure who caused a great deal of trouble in the mid-1600s was probably bipolar. I wonder how many hermits Prozac et al have prevented.


I dunno, given the choice between hermits and Prozac junkies, I'm not sure society has improved.
 
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