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Approaching the house of 80-year-old Akiko Ishigaki, a three-legged dog rises to signal our arrival.

From inside the house, Ishigaki gently scolds the dog, emerges from the doorway and invites us in. She’s dressed in layers of woven purple cloth and her face maintains the preternatural youth Okinawans are known for.

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