Unique Culture

To adapt to daily life on subtropical islands, our forebears developed a unique body of know-how by necessity. Houses were surrounded by takakura, thatched-roof storage spaces elevated on stilts to protect grains from the ravages of humidity and rats, and walls made from coral to block the wind and tide. Boats emerged as essential to travel in these densely forested, mountainous islands surrounded by sea.
Under the ever-present threat of venomous snakes and water shortages, islanders expressed their gratitude to the gods in numerous ceremonies and rituals. Bull fighting and dancing also served to invigorate daily life.