Farming Japan's precious Akoya pearls
Off the coast of Japan's verdant Saikai National Park, the Kujukushima Islands lie scattered amid a sprawling network of narrow inlets. Their name literally translates as "99 islands," though there are over 200 of them, ranging from tiny uninhabited isles to the 650-resident Kuroshima ("Black Island").
The archipelago's beauty stretches far out to sea, but it also runs deep: This is rich pearl farming territory.
Japanese jewelry house Tasaki has operated a pearl farm here for over 70...