Tag - taketomi



Aoi Suzuki and her two sons head back down to a barbecue after watching the sun set.
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 28, 2023
Traveling Okinawa with a broken heart
Writer and photographer Lance Henderstein reads us his article on traveling Okinawa during the rainy season.
Aoi Suzuki’s son runs past a home in Taketomi on Iriomote Island (not to be confused with Taketomi Island, which lies to the east of Iriomote). The Suzukis run the Takemori Inn, one of the few hotels on Iriomote.
LIFE / Travel / Longform
Aug 14, 2023
My annual pilgrimage to Okinawa
Navigating between different ferries can open up whole new worlds in Japan's southernmost islands.
Akiko Mizuno says one positive thing about living on a relatively remote island is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money every day.
Aug 3, 2023
Akiko Mizuno: ‘Time moves forward. Photographs stop time.’
After years in New York City, Akiko Mizuno relocated to a small island in Okinawa Prefecture to concentrate on her long-term photography project.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jun 15, 2018
Bicycles and buffalo on tiny Taketomi Island
Take your time cycling through Taketomi Island, but don't pass on opportunities to fully experience its beaches, views and local cuisine.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Sep 1, 2017
Iriomote: Remote island is home to a unique state of mind
Approaching the house of 80-year-old Akiko Ishigaki, a three-legged dog rises to signal our arrival.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 10, 2017
Frontale prevail against Reysol to keep unbeaten record intact
Kawasaki Frontale preserved their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win at home to 10-man Kashiwa Reysol in the J. League first division on Friday night.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
May 21, 2016
Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa
Naoki Wako scored an 86th-minute header to give Kashiwa Reysol a roller-coaster 3-2 win over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday.
May 21, 2014
Okinawa town wins battle over conservative text
Okinawa Prefecture's board of education on Wednesday allowed a local school board to shun a conservative textbook selected by the regional textbook adoption council.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 9, 2014
Textbook selection law enacted
A bill to revise the law governing how school textbooks are chosen cleared the Upper House on Wednesday, obliging boards of education to follow decisions by their municipalities' regional councils over the selection of common textbooks for local schools.
Mar 23, 2014
Education ministry's heavy hand
Two weeks before school starts, Japan's education minister tells the town of Taketomi, Okinawa Prefecture, that it may not use the junior high school civics textbook it adopted in place of the "conservative" textbook selected by an area-wide council.
Mar 14, 2014
School board told to use conservative textbook
Education minister Hakubun Shimomura on Friday ordered the board of education in Taketomi, Okinawa Prefecture, to adopt a junior high school social studies textbook known for its conservative views, after the town chose another book in defiance of a regional council.
Oct 27, 2013
Taketomi Town's prerogative
The education ministry has cherry-picked a provision of the Local Autonomy Law to try to justify its order to compel a town in the Yaeyama Islands to adopt a textbook for junior high schools.
Oct 19, 2013
Minister orders defiant school board to use conservative book
The education minister instructs Okinawa to act over the refusal by a small town's school board to adopt a conservative social studies textbook.
Oct 10, 2013
Political intervention in education
The education ministry should drop its threat to have Taketomi Town of Okinawa Prefecture declared a scofflaw for refusing to adopt a school civics textbook selected by an area council.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves