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This tiny island belongs to the Yaeyama Islands. Only over 300 residents live there. Japan has been isolated for centuries, but now the country has become extremely modern and developed. Yet there are still places that remain hidden and old-fashioned. Inhabitants of Taketomi live their lives according to the traditions.

There are wonderful beaches on the island. Kaiji Beach is one of the two in Japan on which you can see the star-sand (it looks like star-shaped grains of sand, but actually the star-sand is composed of remains of tiny shell fish).

With these little stars, numerous butterflies, traditional houses and blue water Taketomi Island is a lovely destination for everyone who wants to run away for a while.

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