Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sweet times on sugar-isle Kohama | The Japan Times

In our minds, islands should be counter worlds, autarchies unsullied by continental concerns. We should arrive spellbound, leave anointed by their beauty.

Wherever in the world you might be, it is virtually impossible to set foot on an island without experiencing the sensation that you have been there before. This recognition comes, perhaps, from their link to the idea of Creation. Indeed, without wishing to sound philosophically pagan, the outer isles of Okinawa’s Yaeyama chain are the closest most travelers in Japan are likely to get to an experience of return and renewal.

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