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Ishigaki-shima Creative Flag Creation cultivated on a beautiful island.

Ishigaki-shima Creative Flag
Creation cultivated on a beautiful island.

Ishigaki-shima - Point of trade for the countries of Asia and the Yaeyama Islands

Ishigaki-shima – Point of trade for the countries of Asia and the Yaeyama Islands

Ishigaki-shima is an isolated island located 411 km from Naha, 1,018 km from Kagoshima, and 1,952 km from Tokyo. It is a subtropical oceanic climate with an average temperature of 24℃. As a result, it is home to beautiful foliage and flowers which bloom all over the island, as well as to the emerald green waters of Kabira Bay and ocean full of blue coral for a naturally abundant environment. Ishigaki City is the southernmost city in Japan. It has been developed as Japan’s southernmost point of trade with the 11 inhabited Yaeyama Islands, as well as Taiwan and other Asian countries in the Pacific Ocean region.

Population: 48,810 people (as of December, 2013) Area: 229 ㎢

Nature - Culture - Entertainment etc... A beautiful island that captivates visitors

Nature – Culture – Entertainment etc…
A beautiful island that captivates visitors

Ishigaki-shima sits beneath the brilliance of the shining sun, where the ocean’s waves crash along the sandy, white beaches as multicolored flowers rock in the gentle southern breeze, and the sound of the shamisen seems to find its way to your ears from nowhere at all. Its beauty and uniqueness has captured the attention of travelers from around the world, and many visit each year. Amidst the beauty of its nature, the inhabitants, who have taken up the island’s traditional culture, are ever certain to preserve and respect the island and their ancestors, while touching upon the new culture that has arisen from its place as Japan’s door to Asia, and all the travelers who pass through it.

Ishigaki-shima Creative Flag Painting the world with the creative power cultivated on a beautiful island.

Ishigaki-shima Creative Flag
Painting the world with the creative power cultivated on a beautiful island.

With its expansive nature, culture, and entertainment, Ishigaki-shima is home to numerous creators who possess a creative power cultivated by this beautiful island. This booklet was published in conjunction with the “Ishigaki-shima Creative Flag” project run by Ishigaki City to plot the creation of a cultural industry (4th order, 5th order industries) that is expected of it as a point of exchange both domestically and throughout Asia, as well as promote the island as a creative one. Here we will introduce creators from the island who use the creative power they’ve acquired from here to color both the island and the world at large.

Ishigaki-shima Creative Flag Painting the world with the creative power cultivated on a beautiful island.