could be seen widely in Oknawa.
The season is from June to July.
They starts blooming at dawn, and end their lives in the morning.
In the morning the local people collects them and float them in a small water bath,
because they keep fragrant.
They say “We notice from distant when they’re fully blooming. And when we get close to them they make us unpleasant.”
In the beginning of blooming, if I would describe the smell…
sour-sweet green smell like an apple, probably esther,
and “humid hot”.
In its full bloom “animalic honey”, perhaps indol,
even more “humid hot”,
and then it changes to “ripe” smell.
They keep fragrant after falling, so they’re like jasmine and hyacinth.
The essence could be extracted by solvent extraction or enfleurage.
They grow in the wet land, so in Iriomote Isl. they organize a canoe tour departing early morning.
In Ishigaki Isl., you can find them sometimes in the gardens and streets.
Tafuku Farm in Barabido Area keep lighting them up at night.
It’s purely voluntary so entrance is free of charge.
Also in Hirakubo Area, they have a big garden with lights at night. Also it’s organized voluntary.
You’re lucky if you visit Yaeyama Area around this season.