A trip to Tsuken Island

Tsuken is a small island off the east coast of Okinawa. Yesterday Midori and I spent a few hours exploring the island which takes about 30 minutes to reach by boat. I first heard of Tsuken when interviewing the singer and sanshin player Chihiro Kamiya a few years ago for the article ‘Young Okinawa’ which is on the Features page of the website. Part of the interview is also included in The Power of Okinawa book. She was brought up on Tsuken and her parents run a minshuku (guest house) on the island called Kamiya-so. We had lunch there yesterday and were able to meet and talk with Chihiro’s mother who was very friendly and welcoming. Tsuken is famed for its production of carrots and is popularly known as Carrot Island. There appear to be no restaurants and only two or three tiny shops which means the island is still largely unspoilt and relatively unknown to tourists. Below are some photos taken during our visit:

A typical scene on the island

Kamiya-so guest house looks out onto the ocean

The view from Kamiya-so

The beach on Tsuken's west coast

A lone fisherman on the Tsuken coast

The ferry boat, complete with Tsuken carrot characters

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One Comment on “A trip to Tsuken Island”

  1. Julie Says:

    Okay- I am now very jealous!
    You live in a really beautiful part of the world.
    One day I will visit.


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