JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Approaching Rebun, Japan's northernmost inhabited island near the northern tip of Hokkaido. It's quite remote, but well-known as a "Flower Island" among tourists when in bloom.
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Rebun is part of Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park which means it's very scenic. It's 29 km long and 8 km wide.
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Rebun's population is about 2,250. "Rebun" comes from the Ainu word "repun-sir" meaning "island offshore."
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If you rent a car, you can pretty much see the entire island in one day.
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Map of Rishiri-Rebun: https://goo.gl/maps/kUETt7fbN5mWzeD97
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Rebun's east coast near Kafuka Port.
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These photos were taken quite some years ago, so some things may look different now.
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Kafuka Port 香深港
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Kafuka Port 香深港
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Beachside road on Rebun's east coast. The best way to tour Rebun is by rental car or a local tour.
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Rebun's east coast.
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Rebun has lots of rolling hills. This was in autumn, offpeak season with no flowers.
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Lake Kushu in northern Rebun, Hokkaido. 久種湖
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On the left is Lake Kushu, and ocean on the right.
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Fishing port on Rebun.
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Rebun's rolling hills and Mt. Rishiri on nearby Rishiri island.
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Rishiri as seen from Rebun. If you visit Rebun, also visit Rishiri and vice versa. They are almost like wedded islands. Rishiri is male (tall and distinct stature), Rebun is female (curvaceous).
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There was this scenic spot on Rebun, so we got out of the car and took a look (and swim).
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Fisherman with an underwater looking glass.
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Rishiri as seen from Rebun.
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Cape Sukoton is Rebun's northernmost tip, about 30 km from Kafuka Port. スコトン岬
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Cape Sukoton スコトン岬. Island in the distance is Todo island.
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Another scenc point on Rebun.
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Very scenic island.
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Did some hiking.
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Looking down a sheer cliff. Very dramatic...
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Amazing how this little island of Rebun can pack so many sights. Must be wondrous when the flowers are in bloom.
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Rebun is part of Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park.
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Rishiri as seen from Rebun.
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Rishiri as seen from Rebun.
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Rishiri as seen from Rebun.
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Rishiri as seen from Rebun.
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Rishiri as seen from Rebun.
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One of the most charming moments of our trip. Meeting friendly local women hanging cuttlefish to dry in the sun.
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Needless to say, fishing is one of the major industries on Rebun. This was a meeting by pure chance, and they were smiling and giggling at us foreigners. So friendly.
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So many cuttlefish (ika).
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Cuttlefish (ika) on Rebun.
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Cuttlefish (ika) on Rebun.
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Konbu kelp seaweed dried on Rebun.
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Watching the sunset on Rebun.
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Rebun sunset in Hokkaido.
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Rebun sunset in Hokkaido.
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Rebun sunset in Hokkaido.
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Rebun's east coast.
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Leaving Rebun.
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Leaving Rebun.
     
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