IRIOMOTE: Nature’s Art

The Portrait of an Island


Okinawa prefecture comprises nearly 150 islands, of which Iriomote is the second largest behind Okinawa Island. Lush jungle covers almost all of the isle’s 284 km²—much of this landscape remains untouched. Magnificent mangrove forests, waterfalls, and endangered species, such as the Iriomote wildcat contribute to this unique ecosystem, and one of Japan’s largest coral reefs rests between Iriomote and the neighboring island of Ishigaki. In this episode, we’ve given you a taste of Iriomote’s natural beauty.