ishigaki island has a fun SUP community, living by the tides and the wind. We had perfect weather today, the blues and greens showed off.
Rinka is the only potter in Ishigaki island using a Noborigama, a wood fired climbing kiln to fire his work. It takes a great amount of work and time to produce work.
Highlight of Dive in Ishigaki!
Ishigaki has many local craft markets. Yakimono matsuri, the Ishigaki pottery festival, takes place at the end of the year. Japan is the place for handmade pottery.
Ishigaki has a vibrant night life with many restaurants and bars. Together with designer Yasutake Ikeshiro, I enjoyed an Okinawan brewed beer on the rooftop beer garden.
Every sunday morning market open in Shiraho.
Several sports events are organized in Ishigaki. Many locals, Japanese as well as foreigners like to join these events and experience the positive vibe and stunning nature.
Fashion designer Yasutake Ikeshiro is inspired by the magical surroundings of Ishigaki island. Ancient rooftops, fruits, ocean life and poetic moments of nature are featured in his stunning designs.
Today`s sunset was stunning! Because of mountainous areas, cycling around Ishigaki by road bike is the best. A challenge for the experienced cyclists. Pottery bike rental.
The beautiful ocean around Ishigaki has so much to offer.
Today I hiked up Mount Mape and had one of the best views ever. Ishigaki has several mountains and hills to climb, some are challenging and some are easy. Mount Mape is in the middle of that.
There is Japanese soba and there is Ishigaki soba. The first is made of buckwheat, the second is made of flour.
The magical mangroves are a habitat for birds, fish, crabs and plants. A sensitive place we should all cherish and take care of.
The magical underwater world in Ishigaki, Japan
The Sanshin, which means three strings, is a local music instrument. Traditionally made of snake skin. My teacher today, the famous Hiromi Kinjo is such a kind personality and great teacher.
Had so much fun with this workshop in the beautiful, natural environment and friendly people of Yachimunkan.
Indigo (ai) dyeing is famous all over the world by dyeing enthusiasts and fabriclovers. In Ishigaki the ancient way of fabric dyeing and weaving still exists.
I had the chance to see how local Ishigaki people celebrate and perform the traditional Angama dance during the Bon festival. Such a special moment. I heard drums slowly moving towards the house.
Japanese cuisine is one of the best cuisines in the world. Fresh and natural ingredients are prepared by skilled chefs.
The almost ghostly but utterly beautiful Manta rays live around Ishigaki island. We learned they take a `bath` at their own preferred `cleaning station` for the removal of parasites.
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