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Name & Position Self Introduction Favourite Geosite
Kazuhiro Nobe
Office Head
I am originally from Dōgo 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 Dangyō-no-taki Waterfalls (Dōgo Island).
Nobuo Matoji
Planning Staff
This is my 4th year working in the geopark office. I was born and raised in Okinoshima Town. While I am not an expert, I treasure the Oki Islands. Please visit the Oki Islands! Rosoku-jima (Candle Rock), Chichi-sugi Japanese Cedar (Dōgo Island)
Tatsuki Osada
Planning Staff
I am originally from Okinoshima Town. This is my second year working at the geopark. I want to work hard everyday so that more people from Oki and other regions can get to know about the wonder of the Oki Islands. Shirashima Coast, Dangyō-no-taki Waterfalls, Rosoku-jima (Candle Rock)
Hiroki Maruta
Planning Staff
Last year, I came to the Geopark from the Okinoshima Town Tourism Section as a member of the Community-Reactivating Cooperator Squad. I am from Chiba Prefecture and studied geography in university.
I came to the Oki Islands because I wanted to work in a geopark. What I really love about Oki are the unusual geological and topographical features, that you can see here.
Chichi-sugi Japanese Cedar (Dōgo Island)
Aiko Koike
Planning Staff
I came from Ama Town to work for the geopark office this April. I am originally from Tokushima Prefecture. It's my 5th year on the Oki Islands, and until now I had only had a few chances to visit Dōgo Island. I'd like to learn a lot about Dōgo to gain a deeper understaning of the Oki Islands. Dōzen Caldera
Masanori Hirata
Researcher
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 (Dōgo 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
Researcher
I am originally from Miyagi Prefecture but moved to Oki four years ago. My specialty is grassland ecology.
I like exploring the grasslands, mountains, and also the more secluded sights of the islands.
Sekiheki (Red Cliff), Chichi-sugi Japanese Cedar
Jagoda Woloszyn
Coordinator of International Relations
I started to work at the geopark in 2016. I am interested in history and culture, and would like to learn more about the unique festivals, geology, and culture that you can see in the Oki Islands. Nagu-saki Cape (Dōgo), Onimai Lookout (Nishinoshima), Shimazushima Island (Chiburijima)
Caite Alexander
Coordinator of International Relations
I am an American who started working at the geopark in 2017. I am looking forward to exploring and learning more about the unique culture, history, and nature Oki has to offer during my time here. Shirashima Coast, Sekiheki (Red Cliff)

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