Naked hermit removed from desert island and forced to live in civilisation

A castaway dubbed the ‘naked hermit’ who lived on a desert island for 30 years has been forced to live in civilisation.

Masafumi Nagasaki has spent the last three decades living on the deserted island of Sotobanari, on the Yaeyama Islands, in solitude.

The 82-year-old, who became known as the ‘naked hermit’ because of his fondness for living in the nude, said his only wish was to die on the island.

Naked hermit removed from desert island and forced to live in civilisation
Naked hermit Masafumi Nagasaki looks at the sea from beach on Sotobanari island (Picture: Reuters)

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Seventy-six-year-old naked hermit Masafumi Nagasaki speaks on Sotobanari island, off western coast of Iriomote island, Okinawa prefecture, April 14, 2012. Dangerous currents swirl around Sotobanari island, which has not a drop of natural water, and local fisherman rarely land there. But Nagasaki has <a  href=made this kidney-shaped island in Japan's tropical Okinawa prefecture his retirement home, with an unusual dress code: nothing at all. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT) - GM1E84H1M9601" data-rewritten=true>
Nagasaki has made this kidney-shaped island in Japan’s tropical Okinawa prefecture his retirement home (Picture: Reuters/Yuya Shino)

But authorities have since removed Masafumi from his favourite place on earth after he became ill in April – and they have banned him from ever returning home.

Alvaro Cerezo, who runs Docastaway which documents island castaways, told News.com.au: ‘He was kicked out of the island, someone saw him on the island.

‘They called the police and they took him back to civilisation. He couldn’t even fight back because he was weak. They won’t allow him to return.’

Masafumi first arrived on the deserted island, an archipelago in the southwest of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, in 1989 where he has lived with no phones, lighters, fresh water or many clothes.

Seventy-six-year-old naked hermit Masafumi Nagasaki speaks at his bedroom tent on Sotobanari island, off western coast of Iriomote island, Okinawa prefecture, April 14, 2012. Dangerous currents swirl around Sotobanari island, which has not a drop of natural water, and local fisherman rarely land there. But Nagasaki has made this kidney-shaped island in Japan's tropical Okinawa prefecture his retirement home, with an unusual dress code: nothing at all. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY) - GM1E84H1NG701
Masafumi speaks at his bedroom tent (Picture: Reuters/Yuya Shino)
Seventy-six-year-old naked hermit Masafumi Nagasaki walks through jungle on Sotobanari island, off western coast of Iriomote island, Okinawa prefecture, April 14, 2012. Dangerous currents swirl around Sotobanari island, which has not a drop of natural water, and local fisherman rarely land there. But Nagasaki has made this kidney-shaped island in Japan's tropical Okinawa prefecture his retirement home, with an unusual dress code: nothing at all. Picture taken April 14, 2012. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY) - GM1E84H1MSJ01
The island is so deserted fishermen rarely stop there (Picture: Reuters/Yuya Shino)

The island, where Masafumi braves typhoons and mosquitoes naked, is so deserted that fisherman rarely ever stop there.

Alvaro Cerezo spent five days with Masafumi, and during his stay was told the castaway didn’t want to leave and would ‘risk his life to protect the island’.

‘I will never find a paradise like this,’ he told the documentary maker, who has also met other voluntary castaways such as David Glasheen and Ho Van Lang.

Seventy-six-year-old naked hermit Masafumi Nagasaki smokes on the beach on Sotobanari island, off western coast of Iriomote island, Okinawa prefecture, April 14, 2012. Dangerous currents swirl around Sotobanari island, which has not a drop of natural water, and local fisherman rarely land there. But Nagasaki has made this kidney-shaped island in Japan's tropical Okinawa prefecture his retirement home, with an unusual dress code: nothing at all. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY) - GM1E84H1NGQ01
Masafumi said he wanted to die on the island (Picture: Reuters/Yuya Shino)
Seventy-six-year-old naked hermit Masafumi Nagasaki washes untensils on the beach on Sotobanari island, off western coast of Iriomote island, Okinawa prefecture, April 14, 2012. Dangerous currents swirl around Sotobanari island, which has not a drop of natural water, and local fisherman rarely land there. But Nagasaki has made this kidney-shaped island in Japan's tropical Okinawa prefecture his retirement home, with an unusual dress code: nothing at all. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY) - GM1E84H1NGH01
He made a live for himself for the past 30 years (Picture: Reuters/Yuya Shino)

‘I’ve never felt sad here, I cannot survive if I have those kinds of feelings. Things here are more realistic,’ he told him.

While it is not known how Masafumi ended up on the island, it is believed he was once married with children – but refuses to talk about his past.

He told Reuters in 2012: ‘Finding a place to die is an important thing to do, and I’ve decided here is the place for me.

‘It hadn’t really occurred to me before how important it is to choose the place of your death, like whether it’s in a hospital or at home with family by your side. But to die here, surrounded by nature – you just can’t beat it, can you?’

Masafumi, who has a strict daily routine, is now said to be living in a government home in Ishigaki, which is 60 kilometres away from the island and is not allowed to return home.

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