Inspired by a love for the craftsmanship of traditional items, Kazunori Hamana abandoned his vintage clothing business in Tokyo to make clay tsubo jars that have since won him critical acclaim.
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Take your time cycling through Taketomi Island, but don't pass on opportunities to fully experience its beaches, views and local cuisine.
Thanks to the maze of narrow waterways that crisscross Iriomote Island, kayaking is a popular choice for anyone wishing to venture deeper into the island's jungle.
Come for the gardens, stay for the noodles in Kagawa's capital city.
The Yamaguchi city that's famous for its puffer fish offers a wealth of experiences.