- The Fuji Television drama, "Dr. Coto's Clinic" takes place on the fictitious Shikina Island. The drama was actually filmed on location on the beautiful Yonaguni--one of the islands in the Yaeyama island chain.
Yonaguni Island is located some 2,030 km from Tokyo, 509 km from Okinawa, and 111 km from Taiwan. On a sunny day, the mountain range of Taiwan is visible from the island. The sea is filled with coral reefs, and is a very popular diving spot. The sea surrounding Yonaguni Island is the home to the dogtooth tuna, and hammerhead sharks. The ancient ruins located underwater, are the subject of intense interest of archeologists today. Yonaguni is also known for its fishing spots, where marlin weighing 80-200 kg, are regularly reeled in. Some lucky fishers have even come across marlin larger than 400 kg.
The Yonaguni Horse is the smallest of the eight different types of native Japanese horses that exist. Another unique creature of Yonaguni Island is the world's largest moth called yonagunisan (or ayami habiru.) Its wing span can exceed 30 cm.
The filming of "Dr. Coto's Clinic" would not have been possible without the cooperation of the people of Yonaguni Island and the prefecture of Okinawa. We are very grateful for their tremendous support.
Theme song Gin no Ryu no Sei ni Notte by Nakajima Miyuki.