University of the Ryukyus

What Is Happening to the Coral Reefs of Okinawa?

Home to Japan’s coral reefs, Okinawa (沖縄), a.k.a. Ryukyu Islands (琉球諸島), is one of the most visited archipelagos in the East China Sea (東シナ海). Famous for its rich marine life, turquoise waters, and tropical climate, Okinawa attracts many tourists from around the world. It is located at the southern end of Japan scattered across approximately…

Is the Mysterious Yonaguni Monument Japan’s Own Atlantis?

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with aliens and the unexplained. I remember getting a book from the library about unexplained phenomena: the Bermuda Triangle, the Mary Celeste, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and much, much more. In the book, there was a short chapter on a topic that combined two things I…