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Flowers of Taketomi

A range of floral color in the Yaeyama islands

Taketomi is one of the islands in the Yaeyama island chain, the southernmost islands of the Japanese archipelago. While the island is known for its white coral roads, tiled houses and carts pulled by water buffalo, it is also a paradise for flower lovers. You can find many species here, from the wide-petaled hibiscus (once planted by outhouses to purify the air) to the delicate orchid and many more in between. Despite some serious research, I am lacking the names of some of these so if you're good with flowers, please leave any corrections in the comments!

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