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Yaeyama Islands and Ishigaki salt


​ culture

Birthplace of salt making in the Yaeyama Islands

More than 300 years ago in Nagura Sea​

With the phases of the moon

Salt was being made.




​moon night

In the Yaeyama Islands, located in the southernmost part of Japan, people live with the "moon" so closely and intimately.

The Yaeyama Islands are place of the treasure house of moon-related culture, events, and the Shinto rituals, which are
 as many as Kyoto.




​moon night

In the Yaeyama Islands, located at the southernmost tip of Japan, there is a life with the "moon" that is so closely related to life that it can be said to be a honeymoon.

A treasure trove of moon-related cultures and rituals, the Yaeyama Islands, along with Kyoto, have many moon-related rituals.

The culture of admiring the moon and the practice of the lunar calendar, which incorporates the cycles of the moon's phases into daily life, have been deeply rooted in island life since ancient times.

The moon as an object of island worship

People sing and dance along with the moonlight, give thanks for the blessings that nature has given them, and many "festivals" are held along with prayers!

"Salt" is also a symbol of the mystical power of nature, born from the coral sea on moonlit nights (full moon salt, new moon salt) and has been used in various rituals.

Also, in the Yaeyama Islands, the moon is an important motif in songs. One of them is a folk song called "Tsukinuma Piroma (Midday)", which is full of emotion and is a song about wishing for the fulfillment of a loved one's feelings towards the moon, which shines brightly like midday. There are many folk songs that sing about the moon, and they are indispensable to the lives of the islanders.

People's lives with the moon, the dyeing and weaving cloth spread on the sea of mangroves, and the festival of the full moon to pray for the prosperity of descendants.

Love the moon, live according to the lunar calendar, and incorporate the ebb and flow of the tide with the age of the moon.​​

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