The colorful features of Taketomi
Gukku : Stone walls
The stone walls winding through the resort are known as "gukku." Each has been built by artisans based on local "gukku" that have existed before the introduction of cars. They are designed to protect homes from strong winds while also offering privacy.
The white sands covering the roads and gardens consist of crushed coral transported from the coast. They reflect light into homes during the day and glow in the moonlight after dark. Everyday, they are swept with a broom in a purifying ritual practiced in the Village as well.
Ishigando : Talismans
Embedded in the "gukku" that wind through the resort are talismans known as "ishiganto" for warding off evil spirits. These are placed at junctures where the road meets a "gukku," as it is believed in Okinawa that evil spirits can only move in straight lines.