We’d like to bring you up to speed on the progress of one of our main activities, the Zamami Rest House Project. Preparations are going smoothly and we hope to be able to start inviting guests early in the new year.
We are currently in the process of transforming a traditional Ryukyu cottage into a self-catering guest house, with the main objective of supporting those in need of rest and recuperation and an escape from the adverse health effects of city living. Although the origins of the cottage date back over 175 years, the interior has been carefully reconstructed and refurbished with both tatami and wood panel flooring. The building is located in the quiet seaside hamlet of Asa on Zamami Island.
Zamami is part of the Kerama Shotō National Park in Okinawa, designated in 2014 as the 31st national park in Japan and also the first to be named in 27 years. Zamami Island is protected under the Ramsar Treaty for conservation and sustainable utilization of wetland environments. A number of sites on the island, such as the famous Furuzamami Beach, have received stars from the Michelin Green Guide rating their attractiveness as tourist destinations.
Although Zamami is accessible from Naha City in under an hour, it feels much further removed from everyday life. The intense blue water of the surrounding ocean is highly transparent and the abundant coral reefs give rise to a wide variety of marine life, making Zamami a popular destination for divers, snorkelers and general nature lovers alike. In winter humpback whales make their way to the coast and can be viewed at surprisingly close proximity.
We will soon be calling on people to act as monitors, to stay in the cottage and provide feedback on areas that could be improved upon for a more comfortable stay. As one of the few facilities on Zamami with English guidance, we also look forward to working with the local community and industries to introduce more people around the world to the countless wonders Zamami has to offer.
Now that both Japanese and English web sites are almost complete, final checks are lined up and a round of monitors is soon to pay a visit, we hope to bring you another update very soon!