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Yanbaru – Visit Okinawa

A month ago I spent a weekend up in the Yanbaru forests to write an article for the Visit Okinawa website. Okinawan photographer Nirai was there to take the photos and video of my adventures for the website, so it was a really interesting to be on the other side of the lens. I was also able to get a few snaps over the weekend, when I wasn’t mugging for his camera.

Mangrove seed pods, Higashi Village, Okinawa
Kayak guide Enishi-san.
Waterfall, Aha Village, Kunigami, Yanbaru, Okinawa
Wildlife artist Ichiro Kikuta

I interviewed Kikuta-san many years ago for Okinawa Living magazine, you can read the article here. You can find out more about his birdwatching tours and his artwork here.

Sakishima suounoki tree, Aha Village, Kunigami, Yanbaru, Okinawa
Japanese bush warbler dead after being hit by car on roads of Yanbaru, Kunigami, Okinawa.

I didn’t mention it in the article, but we came across this dead Japanese bush warbler, that looked to have been just hit by a vehicle. The beautiful winding roads of northern Okinawa may seem like the perfect place to stretch the legs of your car or motorbike, but the local people and wildlife would prefer it if you slow down and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life.

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