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Cultural walk in Iriomote island

Taketomi, Yaeyama-gun, Japonia

Experiență organizată de Karolina

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Până la 6 persoane, rezervare disponibilă pentru grupuri private
Include: băuturi și echipament

Ce vei face

This is a unique English speaking tour devoted to the fascinating culture of the Yaeyama Islands. We will have a walk through one of the oldest villages in Iriomote island, Sonai village and its historical places including a traditional Okinawan house, a shrine (utaki), old well, local beach, and ruins of stairs leading to the previous location of the village (historical monument). During the walk, I will introduce you to the history, culture, and religion of the Sonai and Iriomote island. I will share some unique and interesting facts on:
> how a traditional house used to look like and why people don't build such a way anymore,
> how locals pray,
> who is a priestess,
> how a typical sacred place&power spot is built,
> the most important traditional religious celebrations and festivals,
> who is a lady in the black veil,
> what a visitor can and cannot see,
> what is allowed and what needs to stay a secret,
> some historical facts,
> how the village was looking in old times,
> local language,
> why it was so hard to live here,
> why men are human of the sea and women are human of the gods,
> what are special local food and plants you can eat,
> how to safely visit the forest,
> and many other interesting facts.
You are free to ask anything about Iriomote, within cultural issues.
Other things to note
Pick up service from any location between Shirahama to Uehara/Funaura. Up to 3 persons.
If your group is larger than 3, please, contact me. It is possible for bigger groups to participate with a notice in advance.

The tour takes around 3 hours.
This is a unique English speaking tour devoted to the fascinating culture of the Yaeyama Islands. We will have a walk through one of the oldest villages in Iriomote island, Sonai village and its historical places including a traditional Okinawan house, a shrine (utaki), old well, local beach, and ruins of stairs leading to the previous location of the village (historical monument). During the walk, I will introduce you to the history, culture, an…

Ce este inclus

  • Băuturi
    After the tour, we will rest in the shadow by the beach to enjoy a local sp...
  • Echipament
    I'll have photographs and drawings to better explain the customs and histor...

Fă cunoștință cu gazda ta, Karolina

Organizează experiențe pe Airbnb din 2015
  • 18 recenzii
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I am a professional artist doing research in Yaeyama culture and religion for more than 3 years. I take photographs and interviews with local people. I had been living in Sonai and Hoshidate villages, two of the three oldest villages in Iriomote island. I would love to share with you unique knowledge about local customs, religion, celebrations, festivals, and history that normally is hard to get. I have participated myself in many religious celebrations, public and private ones, and interviewed local and elderly people who shared with me first-hand knowledge about Sonai village and Iriomote island. During our walk through the Sonai village, I will introduce you to some traditional and historical places and talk about local customs and culture and very interesting history of this traditional old village.
I am a professional artist doing research in Yaeyama culture and religion for more than 3 years. I take photographs and interviews with local people. I had been living in Sonai and Hoshidate villages, two of the three oldest villages in Iriomote island. I would love to share with you unique knowledge about local customs, religion, celebrations, festivals, and history that normally is hard to get. I have participated myself in many religious celebrations, public and private ones, and interviewed…
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Unde vei fi

We start by visiting a traditional wooden house (inside and outside).
Next, we go to a local shrine, where people pray (please mind, it is not allowed to enter). We can see it well from outside and I will explain what is the typical set up of a sacred place. We walk through a beach to see the historical stone staircase leading to a reminiscence of the previous village location. We finish the trip with a refreshing sip of local herbal tea.

Evaluată la 4,94 din 5 în 18 recenzii. 

Paola
martie 2021
Iriomote Jima is a really magical location and my favourite Okinawan island, not only for its surprisingly (large) size, but for its extraordinary culture, its flora and fauna. So against this amazing backdrop comes this really excellent cultural experience. The host is extremely knowledgeable, kind, and a lot of fun to be with. Karolina has entered deeply into the culture of Iriomote-Jima, and her interest and passion fuels her continued research, the fruits of which she passes on to her fortunate guests ! It is not an easy matter to arrive at a new place - anywhere in the world - and to immediately gain an insight into the culture, and especially in English or another European language. These are not things you can learn from a tourist guide book. If you are considering a visit to Iriomote in the future, it would be wise to contact Karolina in advance, so that you might be fortunate enough to be here for one of the special feast days / ceremonies. Naturally, these are in-frequent, and so you would have to schedule carefully. I was able to see some video of these ceremonies. I cannot thank Karolina enough for her diligence and kindness. I will certainly be coming back.
Iriomote Jima is a really magical location and my favourite Okinawan island, not only for its surprisingly (large) size, but for its extraordinary culture, its flora and fauna.…
Aisha
ianuarie 2021
I had a really good time with Karolina. Her guidance of the region, and the tradition of Iriomote was very clear and informative. Not only the guidance itself, but also her personality was so sweet :) I also loved the tea time at then end. Recommend to anyone !
I had a really good time with Karolina. Her guidance of the region, and the tradition of Iriomote was very clear and informative. Not only the guidance itself, but also her perso…
Shay
decembrie 2020
We had a great experience with Karolina. She told us all about the religious and cultural history of Iriomote. She had some great stories and shared some local tea with us. We had a great time.
Juliette
octombrie 2020
It was so nice to be introduced to so much history and culture on your island. I especially appreciate the info on Akiko Ishigaki. I hope to return to see you and hopefully meet and interview Akiko Ishigaki. Thank you again.
Anand
octombrie 2020
Wonderful learning experience on the culture and traditions of this magical island. Karolina has immense knowledge and also shared her past experiences followed by a tea session at her residence. She also showed us some her self composed art work as well as stunning photographs of the island. Highly recommend if you’re looking for an English Speaking well experienced and friendly person. PS: She also took us to see the Mangroves since we had some extra time.
Wonderful learning experience on the culture and traditions of this magical island. Karolina has immense knowledge and also shared her past experiences followed by a tea session at…
Randiah
august 2020
Karolina was wonderful. She is very friendly and knowledgeable about the Ryukyu culture as well as aspects specific to Iriomote. Perfect for history/culture lovers, just be aware that the island itself is not very touristy; many things close early and getting around is a slight challenge. Nothing to do with Karolina, so if you are already planning a trip to Iriomote and want to learn more about the local culture, don’t think twice about booking her tour.
Karolina was wonderful. She is very friendly and knowledgeable about the Ryukyu culture as well as aspects specific to Iriomote. Perfect for history/culture lovers, just be aware t…

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