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Okinawa Prefecture punctuates the Japanese archipelago as the period on its southern border. Stretching westward like an island path leading to Taiwan, the island group, though small, is teeming with a diverse abundance of plant and animal life.

Uniquely located where two distinctly different climates intersect, Okinawa is the southern and northern limit for a host of plant and animal species. Its subtropical climate, combined with its position between the tropics of Southeast Asia and the more temperate Japanese mainland, have turned the island into a biological melting pot.

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