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Kuroshio current brings with it an abundant fish to Yakushima and the surrounding areas. Flying fish and mackerel are two of the main types of fish caught in Yakushima. Flying fish is served fresh as sashimi, deep fried or dried. Fresh mackerel is served fresh as sashimi or cooked. There are several mackerel smoking factories on the island. Smoked mackerel is delivered to luxurious restaurants all over Japan.
Yakushima is also famous for shochu (a distilled liquor), yamaimo ( Japanese yam ), edible plants and tropical fruits.