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  • KIMIO TANAKA

  • KIMIO TANAKA

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  • TAKESHI NEMOTO

  • TAKESHI NEMOTO

  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / With the sun down and no one around at Ukanzaki, this statue stands before the sea in memory of all who were shipwrecked.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / Tofuyo, Some call it the East's cheese, but Okinawa-style Tofu is Awamori's best friend.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / The strings of the islands' heart, the steady hand that tills their pastures.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / The shelves at Pananufa are chock full of intriguing and nostalgic objects. Pananufa is not just name of the restaurant; it's also the title of their latest CD, recorded right there.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / These are the kind of chopsticks you find at restaurants in the Yaeyama Islands. When I think about it, I didn't see any waribashi (disposable chopsticks) during my trip.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / This kanji is the character that means wave. I thought it might be Hateruma's logo since I saw it all over the island.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / raditionally, you find Shisa beside gates, on rooftops and on town buildings where they protect houses and people from evil along with inviting happiness.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / Each Shisa's expression is different and shows character of the family living in that home.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / Shisa are made from stone, ceramic, plaster, concrete, and bronze. This red Shisa looks very striking against a background of green.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / I happened on this stand while wandering around the island. I couldn't resist buying a fresh pineapple and a bunch of bananas.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / A driftwood bird. Gallery owner and artist Haleru is a real magician. Put anything in his hands and he'll change it into something else.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / Here's the frontispiece for the Haleru Gallery. Maybe you can understand why I got curious enough to stop the car and have a look.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / Fantasy shisa in festival colors. With a couple of these guys out front, you're sure to ward off evil and bring good fortune to your home.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / At the looms of Mineya Weave Factory, a well known Minsa weavery.

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / The patterns in minsa weave mean

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  • Yaeyama Islands, Japan / Tanaka shows the latest crop of accessories that he makes from shells and seeds found washed up on the shore.

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