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Touring Japan’s Far-Flung Islands

Japan is made up of 6,852 islands, just 421 of which are inhabited. In this series the travel writer Saitō Jun, who has been to all but one of Japan’s inhabited islands, focuses on the unique cultures, festivals, and food of some of the nation’s smaller islands.

Akusekijima, Where Masked Gods Run WildSaitō Jun

Akusekijima is part of the Tokara island chain lying midway between Yakushima and Amami Ōshima south of Kyūshū. Sparkling like a diamond in the rough, it’s home to mysterious masked gods, island delicacies, rough-hewn hot springs, and more.

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