Rare Beaches in Japan Feature Star Shaped Sand

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We’ve seen the magic of black sand beaches, even beaches with “popcorn sand“.

But how about star-shaped sand?

Three islands in Okinawa – Hatoma, Iriomote, and Taketomi all feature rare ‘sand’ which are actually exquisitely small shells from ancient protozoa. Mixed in with regular sand, the star shaped particles are unique to this precise part of the world, making them even more rare and special.

The Japanese term for the sand is “hoshizuna”, and is tiny but coveted, and protected by the residents of Japan. Another example of amazing natural phenomena.

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