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The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

November 2021

The Charms of Japan’s Islands

Cover November 2021


  • THEME FOR NovemberThe Charms of Japan’s Islands

    Japan is exceptional even among island nations for its large number of islands. Many of the islands are characterized by their rich biodiversity and unique culture, and some have been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage sites for these reasons. In this month’s issue, we take a look at some of the beautiful and diverse islands of Japan.



  • The Diverse Islands of Japan

    An interview with Nagashima Shunsuke, emeritus professor at Kagoshima University

  • Islands of Biodiversity

    Four regions in the Ryukyu Islands chain extending from the southern tip of Japan were registered as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in July 2021.

  • The Ogasawara Islands: “Galapagos of the Orient”

    The Ogasawara Islands, a part of the Tokyo Metropolis, are renowned for their unique biodiversity.

  • Rebun Island: A Magical Island of Flowers

    Rebun Island in the far north of the Sea of Japan is home to approximately 300 species of flowering alpine plants.

  • Cat Island

    On Tashirojima, a small island off Japan’s northeastern Pacific coast, cats outnumber the human residents.

  • The Island of Gold Seeking to Become a World Heritage Site

    Sado Island, the largest island in the Sea of Japan, was once the leading production site of gold in Japan.

  • A Sacred Island where Nature Is in Harmony with Culture

    Miyajima, located in Hiroshima Bay in the Seto Inland Sea, has been widely regarded as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan.

  • Island of Olives and Soy Sauce

    Shodoshima in the Seto Inland Sea is a major production area of soy sauce and olives.



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