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Tranquility in mangrove forest, Ishigaki, Japan by Ippei & Janine Naoi
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Fukidou River, Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan Ishigaki Island belongs to the Yaeyama Island group which boasts of paradisical beaches, untouched tropical rainforests, lush mangrove rivers and one of the world’s largest healthy coral reef systems. > Islands of Japan For our recommended islands of Japan, please check out: amamika.com/japan_travel/islands/

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Tiny Pacific Atoll of Miyako-Jima, found about half way between Okinawa and Taiwan (managed by Okinawa). Total population of the area is about 50,000 humans, and that’s one impressive set of offshore reefs in this shot

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PHOTOS: In Japan, police have dragged away about a hundred elderly protesters blocking construction of a proposed new U.S. military base on the island of Okinawa. The majority of Okinawa’s residents oppose the new base. The rally was held as the central government resumed building despite a lack of permits. Okinawa houses about 26,000 U.S. troops. Their presence has come under protest for decades. Watch and read more:

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Akira Asakura aka Akira ASKR 魔子 (Japanese, Naha, Okinawa, Japan) - 1: ホワイトキッチン (White Kichen) Kin, Okinawa, 2016  2: Launderette, Koza, Okinawa, 2015  3: 沖縄市 Koza, Okinawa, 2016  4: サロンきく Saloon Chrysanthemum, Orion St., Okinawa, 2016  5: カフェーおとひめ Nago, Okinawa, 2016  6: サロン順子 Orion St. Yonabaru, Okinawa, 2016  7: 月代や Orion Street, Yonabaru, Okinawa, 2016  8: Grace Hotel, Koza, Okinawa, 2015  9: Koza, Okinawa 沖縄市中央, 2014  10: 姉妹 Sisters, Nago, Okinawa, 2015  Photography, Color