Saturday, November 23, 2013
In Okinawan dialect, "Yanbaru" refers to "a region full of mountains and forests". Many of the forests in Yanbaru are evergreen forests, which are scarce even in other parts of the world. This small region, which accounts for just 0.1% of the total area of Japan, is inhabited by extremely diverse forms of life. Visitors can encounter precious plants and animals here, including nationally protected species. Yanbaru is also known as the "Galapagos of the Orient" since it is inhabited by endemic species that can only be found in this region and cannot be seen anywhere else, including plants and animals whose very existence is under threat. In Yanbaru, diverse life forms a unique ecosystem in which plants and animals coexist. This is a soothing area full of wonders and discoveries.
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