Island Futures pp 139-152 | Cite as

A Future for Tradition: Cultural Preservation and Transmission on Taketomi Island, Okinawa, Japan

  • Takakazu YumotoEmail author
  • Yoshinori Uesedo
Part of the Global Environmental Studies book series (GENVST)


Taketomi Island, the southernmost island in the Japanese archipelago, is a site of rich cultural and natural heritage. In contrast to other isolated or rural areas of Japan, the island population is growing, and young people are choosing to stay on, or return to Taketomi Island to live, work, and establish their families. This paper describes several internal and external factors associated with the island’s present success, especially as it is related to the preservation and transmission of natural resources and traditional culture.


Charter of Taketomi Island Kominkan Okinawa Tangible and intangible cultural assets Tourism Yaeyama Islands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute for Humanity and NatureKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Kihoin Folklore MuseumOkinawaJapan

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