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Mangrove grows wildly around Miyara river in Ishigaki Island. Madoka Tokita, who is the president of Ashtanga yoga Ishigaki Island, tells us what she loves about doing stand up paddle boarding and SUP yoga in rich nature of Ishigaki Island.

Location:Ishigaki Island

Miyara Bay, Miyara River mangrove forest

Miyara Bay, Miyara River mangrove forest

Miyara Bay, Miyara River mangrove forest

Miyara Bay, Miyara River mangrove forest
  • Location

    Miyara, Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture

  • AccessAccess

    15 minutes by car from Ishigaki Port

Mangrove forests grow in brackish-water swamps in tropical and subtropical zones. In Okinawa, there are lots of Hirugi (Rhizophoraceae), so they’re often called Hirugi forests. Clusters of mangrove can be found in several areas in Ishigaki Island. In the southern part of Ishigaki Island, a Hirugi forest extends across the river mouth of Miyara River (Ishigaki Island’s largest river), which flows into Miyara Bay. From the river mouth, a deep green forest extends for 1.5 kilometers upstream on both sides of the river. In 1972, the forest was designated as a National Treasure. The unique sight of Yaeyama Hirugi (Rhizophara mucronata) and Ohirugi (Black mangrove) extending their aerial roots and brace roots like octopus legs can be seen from the top of Miyara Bridge.

Organizer of the Ashtanga Yoga Ishigaki Island
Yoga & SUP instructor
Madoka Tokita

Satoru Yahata

Satoru Yahata

Moved to Ishigaki Island in April 2009. From 1990, she worked as a fitness instructor and took part in program development. In 2000, she discovered yoga and was deeply moved by the fantastic method. Since then, she has studied various yoga styles and actively participated in workshops and instructor trainings. She also studies dietary education and is researching about the body’s health, both inside and out.