IN The middle of November I went to the Ryukyu Islands in the Okinawa prefecture, Japan. I will tell you from the trip and the several islands I visited in the upcoming weeks, starting today with Taketomi.

The small island Taketomi is located right next to Ishigaki, you can reach the island using a ferry in about 15 minutes. It’s only 5.4 km² so you can walk or discover the island using a bike (it’s possible to rent one) if you like. There is a small village in the middle of the island and a beach located in the west.


Before you reach the village or the beach you encounter some goats ;). I created the following photos using my new Fuji X-T10 with the XF-23mm F1.4 lens – a great combination that I enjoyed a lot during the trip.


There are several places at the coast where you can refresh yourself in the water – highly recommended after walking the islands while having about 28 degrees. It’s also possible to use other means of transportation in certain parts of the island:

Now to some impressions from the beach area. the sky was highly dramatic on that day, creating a nice contrast to the sunny weather and high temperatures. I used the M.Zuiko 60mm Macro and the M.Zuiko 8mm Fisheye in addition for some close up shots and the wide angle landscapes.

I hope you enjoyed this short trip to Taketomi – I will be back soon with more impressions from the Ryukyu Islands!


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Pierre Aden

I'm a photographer located in Frankfurt, Germany. When I am not travelling / taking pictures I like to play Table Tennis / Squash or watch TV Series. I work in a German bank in the Anti-Money-Laundering department.

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