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The story of Niijima’s Moyai Statues
The symbol of Niijima Island, “Moyai Statues,” was born from “kokeshi dolls” made with Koga stone, which was created as a souvenir of Niijima when remote islands were popular holiday destinations in the 1960s. Koga stone is a special kind of stone found only on Niijima and Lipari Island in Italy. The huge stone statues made to be a symbol of tourism are named “moyai,” a term to describe Niijima’s ancestral custom where people come together in solidarity. Today, the moyai statues are everywhere on the island, and the famous one in front of JR Shibuya Station in Tokyo was also made on Niijima and donated to Shibuya.
Niijima Village Office Industry and Tourism Division