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Souvenirs from Ogasawara's nature

A variety of flora and fauna can be seen on the mountains and in the oceans at the Ogasawaras, from species native to the islands since ancient times to species that were introduced via human migration. All of them offer raw materials overflowing with character, but many of these just decay or are destined to be destroyed, with some even altering the Ogasawara ecosystem… At the Heart Rock Gift Shop, we shine the spotlight on those natural Ogasawara raw materials, and we think about souvenirs, eco-lifestyles, and symbiosis with nature.

We also offer the Take Nature Academy, which is a total guide service that can introduce you to the oceans and mountains, so feel free to ask about what kind of tours we can put together for you. You don't even have to worry about cash if you are staying at either the Seaside Lodge or Heart Rock Village.

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Hemp&Maguey

heartrock These accessories are made from shells found on the beach woven with hemp and magi (agave fibers). Agave, which provides the raw material for the magi, was introduced prior to the Meiji Period in order to use its fibers for textiles, but it hasn't been used since then and now just grows wild. It is highly resilient in dry, barren areas, and has now rapidly advanced along the cliffs, with their jutting crags. It has thorns and is poisonous, so it is currently treated as a parasite, but our thinking was that if it was going to be exterminated as an invasive species anyway, then people should know the reason why it was bought to the island in the first place, thus we decided to combine it with some cute seashells and make accessories.
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Original T-Shirts

heartrock At the Heart Rock Gift Shop, you can find loads of original T-shirts featuring characters unique to the Ogasawaras, such as the Ogasawara fruit bat, sea turtle, and green pepe. You can also find coffee-dyed T-shirts, which are created using a dye made by boiling large amounts of strained coffee beans leftover after making the coffee that guests drink at the Heart Rock Cafe. Drinking the coffee itself helps to protect forests in Ecuador, but then the coffee beans provide further nourishment to create coffee T-shirts. Finally, they are returned to the soil as compost.
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Shark Teeth

heartrock The shark burger is a popular choice at the Heart Rock Cafe. Our shark's tooth accessories are made from the teeth of some of the sharks caught as a byproduct of fishing for swordfish off Chichijima Island. Aside from the sharks that taste good when eaten, unfortunately most caught sharks are actually discarded after their fins are removed. The wives of the fisherman take the teeth of the sharks unfortunate enough to be caught by mistake and carefully polish each tooth to make these accessories. Shark teeth are also known as ocean amulets.
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Island Rum

heartrock The Ogasawara Islands were initially a stopover point for whaling ships, and people on the islands made their living by selling water, provisions, and rum to the crews of the ships that stopped there. Rum production stopped during the war, but started up again on Hahajima Island in 1990. After many improvements, the delicious rum and passionfruit liquor made by adding passionfruit syrup to the rum are back to stay. The Heart Rock Cafe is the only place on the islands where you can enjoy Island Gold Rum, made by distilling white rum in casks.
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Chili Oil & Salt

heartrock Island food products are a fantastic choice for souvenirs to take back to the mainland. Pepper powder or chili oil made from small yet extremely spicy island peppers or Ogasawara mineral salt from the deep waters off the coast are just some of the products that are sure to delight your friends!
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