Welcome to Aka-jima


If you keep your eyes open around dusk you might spot a Kerama deer (慶良間シカ; kerama shika), descendants of deer that were brought by the Satsuma from Kagoshima when they conquered the Ryūkyūs in 1609. The deer are smaller and darker than their mainland cousins, and have been designated a National Treasure.

It's important to note that the main village on Aka-jima is Zamami-mura but Zamami-jima is the name of the slightly larger island just north of Aka-jima.


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