The Birthplace of Cultured Pearls

Kokichi Mikimoto's Pearl Island in Toba

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read

Mikimoto Pearl Island, just offshore in Toba, was where Kokichi Mikimoto first invented his process to culture pearls. Later he turned the island into a showpiece that has seen many famous visitors from all over the world. It includes a museum of pearl culturing, an exhibition of antique jewelry featuring pearls, a jewelry store, book store and skin care store, and Ama diving displays. The well manicured grounds also make it a pleasant place to stroll around and enjoy the sea views.

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.