Hello, Zamami Times readers! My name is Jaime Cerna and I will be serving as the Zamami Village’s coordinator for international relations after Mr. Brian Parker’s departure. I just arrived in Zamami on the 12th of April but I am already falling in love with the people and the beautiful nature of this island. A […]


The elementary and middle school here on Zamami Island held its graduation ceremony last weekend.  Ten students from the middle school finished their compulsory education this March.  Students will matriculate to high schools on the Okinawan mainland. Like many outer-island municipalities, there is no high school in Zamami Village.  As such, any of the village’s […]

The third annual beach cleaning event to commemorate the Kerama Islands’ designation as a national park took place on March 5.  Three years earlier, on 2014 March 5, Zamami Village along with neighboring Tokashiki Village were together designated as the Kerama Shoto National Park.  Every year since, the villages have conducted a commemorative “Beach Clean” on the same […]

Zamami Village’s first standup paddleboard (SUP) competition will be held on the fourth weekend in April from the 22-23.  The “Kerama Blue Cup in Zamami” is open to SUP fans of all levels from elite professional athletes to complete beginners.  A series of races will be held over the course of two days and will […]

The cherry blossoms, or “sakura,” have reached full bloom here in Zamami Village.  With the first buds unfolding around February 18, the village’s mountain roads are now lined with sakura in their most well-known form.  Visitors are greeted by tropical hibiscus flowers and red Kerama Azaleas in addition to the cheery blossoms. One of Japan’s most […]

Following training in Zamami Village’s waters from the end of December until the beginning of January, three teams from the Japanese National Sailing Team placed in the top ten of their respective competitions at the Sailing World Cup | Miami 2017.  Worthy of particular mention was the Men’s 470 pair that took second place. Zamami Village is […]

The 2017 Whale Watching Season in Zamami Village is fully underway!  There are currently approximately twenty whales in the waters around Zamami Village.  The Zamami Village Whale Watching Association takes participants out to sea around the village to encounter these majestic creatures.  With staff stationed throughout the islands’ observation decks, the Whale Watching Association offers […]

The 2017 Whale Music Festival will be held on March 25 (Sat.).  Unique among Zamami Village’s annual events, the Whale Music Festival features professional musicians and performers.  The seaside live event is one of the village’s most popular festivals, and we recommend that visitors book accommodations, ferry tickets, and activities as soon as possible. Zamami Village […]

The Lunisolar Calendar New Year, otherwise known as Chinese New Year, will take place toward the end of the month.  The lunisolar calendar was developed and used around the world in multiple locations since antiquity.  Lunar calendars are based on the cycling of the moon’s phases.  The various lunisolar systems go one step beyond the lunar […]

Happy New Year! The Zamami Times wishes all its readers the best for 2017. Zamami Village has kicked off the New Year with its annual Fire Department Ceremony.  At the beginning of each new year, fire departments across Japan roll out their equipment and provide residents with a demonstration of their fire fighting capabilities.  Zamami […]