Tobishima: Living Life On Island Time

The island of Tobishima lies off the coast of Yamagata Prefecture in the Japan Sea. It is about 10 kilometers in circumference, and is dotted with long-established fishing villages. These days, it has a population of about 200 people. Tobishima is a port of call for migratory birds and an important breeding ground for black-tailed gulls. Its rich natural environment attracts many anglers and birdwatchers. In 2017 Tobishima was designated as a geopark by the Japan Geopark Committee. John Moore was born in Ireland, and he works in Japan as a social entrepreneur specializing in organic foods. On this edition of Journeys in Japan, John explores Tobishima, meets the people living here, and learns about their self-sufficient lifestyle.

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