【HONOHOSHI BEACH 】
* If you get to the Pacific seaside from Koniya, a port town in southern Amami-oshima, by way of the villages Seisui, Katetsu and Sokaru, you will find yourself at Honohoshi Beach. Since Amami Islands are mostly surrounded by coral reefs, we have lots of white sandy beaches. But there are no coral reefs off the coast of Honohoshi. So, this allows rough surges of waves to directly wash the shore. Rocks washed and rolled by the waves become round, like cobblestones. It's amazing to see the whole beach filled with fist-sized or palm-sized round stones.
* Rugged rocks of various sizes are studded along the Honohoshi coast and intensify the wild impression of the scenery. Aoku Beach, Sumiyo-cho, consists of gravel and round stones like those of Honohoshi. Katoku Beach, not very far from Aoku, has vast gray sands. However, there are no coral reefs off eather of these coasts. I wonder what causes these differences among Honohoshi, Aoku and Katoku.
* If you would like to visit Honohoshi Beach, I recommend that you get there when the tide is high. Rolling stones at the water's edge make a special pleasant sound when the rough waves break on shore. But they usually are not strong enough at low tide to make a pleasant sound.
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