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 day, also known as “Coral Day” in Japan. Zamami’s designation on Coral Day was no coincidence as the village is home to hundreds of species of both coral and fish–one primary factor in its selection.
The event was held at beaches throughout the Kerama Islands, specifically on Zamami, Aka, Geruma, and Tokashiki. This year, over two hundred volunteers took part in the cleaning activities in Zamami Village. In addition to the actual trash collecting efforts, Zamami Village offered participants with free glass-bottom boat rides from Zamami Port. The day came to a close with a party for all those in the village.