What do you do when you're a resident on a beautiful island during off-peak tourist season?
I'm sure that's something one of the people living on Niijima pondered over for some length of time; their answer: sculpt a multitude of Easter Island moai-like statues and place them all about the island.
And you don't have to go too far to find some really impressive sculptures. As soon as the ferry docks and you start making your way to the tourist office, you'll see beautiful carvings along the road, with the azure sea as a backdrop. For me, this combination was an absolutely amazing effect which not only underscored that I was on a truly unique and wonderful island, but spoke something about the ingenuity of the islanders--something said as well through the green glass sculptures at the island's museum. (Pale green glass "sculptures" can be seen in the form of mile-markers along the side of the isle's main roads.)
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