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Kazuhiro Nobe
Office Head
Photo:野辺 一寛
I am originally from Dogo Island.
However, having left Oki at High School I grew up without much knowledge of my home. Today, I work to help raise future generations who love and are proud of the Oki Islands, and want to share this with others.
Chichi-sugi Japanese Cedar and Candle Rock (Dogo Island).
Nobuo Matoji
Planning Staff
Photo:的地 伸夫
I was born and raised in Dogo Island. Prior to joining the geopark team, I worked for the Okinoshima Town Tourism Association. While I am not an expert, I treasure the nature of the Oki Islands. Please visit the Oki Islands! Rosoku-jima (Candle Rock), Chichi-sugi Japanese Cedar (Dogo Island)
Genki Sawano
Planning Staff
Photo:澤野 元気
I came from Nishinoshima Island to work in the geopark office this year. I enjoy baseball and am a Hiroshima Carp fan. I don'tlot of experience or knowledge about the geopark yet, but true to my name (which means "energetic") I hope to pursue a variety of things here in the geopark. Tsutenkyo Arch on the Kuniga Coast (Nishinoshima Island), Dangyo-no-taki Waterfalls (Dogo Island)
Masahiko Shiki
Planning Staff
Photo:敷 正彦
I come from the smallest Oki Island, Chiburijima and began working for the geopark in April 2016. The four Oki Islands are all very different so I hope you can visit all of them. Usuge/Shimazushima Island Bay and the biannual festival at Ikku Shrine in Chiburijima.
Yukari Yonekura
Planning Staff
Photo:米倉 ゆかり
I am originally from Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture. I have not lived in Oki for long, but I love the nature, culture and history of these islands.
I think the close-community connections of the island people are very beautiful and unique. I hope you can come and experience Oki for yourself.
The coastline around Nagu-misaki Cape in Dogo Island.
Beautiful forests and rivers nurtured by the pure water of the islands are commonly found right beside the villages here.
Masanori Hirata
Photo:平田 正礼
I am a hardcore fossil fan with a Masters Degree in Geology (Paleontology). I am the science expert in the office. In my work creating explanations, images and maps for the geopark, I am always striving to find the middle ground between scientific accuracy and explanations that everyone can comprehend. "Evidence based solely on hearsay is insufficient". Chichi-sugi Japanese Cedar (Dogo Island).
This place is like an amalgamation of geology, geography, landscape, geological history, ecosystem, and culture of the Oki Islands.
It feels as though you might see tree spirits here.
Miya Okada
Photo:岡田 美耶
I am originally from Miyagi Prefecture but moved to Oki three years ago. My speciality is grassland bionomics.
Having finally acquired a vehicle, I think I can now say that I have explored many of even the most secluded sights of the islands.
Sekiheki (Red Cliff) and Mt. Akahage (Chiburijima Island), and Nagu-misaki Cape (Dogo Island), as well as the open pastures of cows and horses.
Jagoda Woloszyn
Coordinator of International Relations
I am from Poland. I began working as a Coordinator of International Relations in the geopark in August 2016. I am interested in history and culture and would like to learn more about the Oki Islands. I have yet to visit them all, but so far my favourite places are Tsutenkyo Arch (Nishinoshima), Yui Pond, and the Mizuwakasu Shrine area (Dogo).
Caite Alexander
Coordinator of International Relations
I am an American who just recently started working at the geopark. I am looking forward to exploring and learning more about the unique cluture, history, and nature Oki has to offer during my time here. Shirashima Coast, Sekiheki (Red Cliff)

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