Ito-basho banana plant cluster


The 'Ito-basho' banana plant, in the Musaceae family, was generally used to provide fibers for textiles. There is a saying on Amami that unattractive women had to have a whole mountain of these plants (called 'basha-yama) to be able to wed; in the island dialect, a slang for 'unattractive woman' is 'basha-yama,' presumably originating from this saying.

Spot Information

【Adress】Tatsugo-cho Ankyaba, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture 894-0323

【Phone Number】+81 (0)997-62-3111 (Tatsugo-cho Hall)

【Transportation】Approx. 40-minute drive from Amami Airport; 15-minute drive from Tatsugo-cho Hall.