We are working tirelessly to create the very first marine sanctuary dedicated to the protection of sea turtles in Japan.
With your help, the very first sanctuary will be located right here in Okinawa.
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Chura-mura was founded in early summer of 2020. As an after-effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the subsequent decrease in tourism to Okinawa, there was a bloom of turtle nesting activity, first noticed along Uza Beach in Yomitan Village.
We erected fences to protect these nests, and the area saw more turtles born than in many years previous, we assume because of the lack of traffic along the beach, and the fact that marine sports in the adjacent lagoon had slowed with the lack of tourism.
The protection of these nests, and our first summer with the turtles quickly evolved into an island wide movement, and the variety of programs that define chura-mura today.
How You Can Help
Sign Our Petition
Please consider signing our online petition indicating your support for the creation of a sanctuary for sea turtles in Okinawa.
We greatly appreciate all donations made to Churu-mura! Follow us on social media to see how your donation is being spent to protect sea turtles and keep the ocean clean!
Learn about chura-mura programs and consider joining the chura-mura team as a volunteer and turtle protector.
Mother turtles will return to the beach they hatched from to lay their eggs.
If they cannot return to that beach and lay due to development, or other human intervention, they will not lay their eggs
Programs & Activities
Monthly Beach Clean Initiative Hosted in Collaboration with OKILIFE
Chura-mura’s adopt a beach program
Chura-mura Ocean Rangers
Fundraising for a Cause
Meet Our Awesome Team
- Marine Conservationist
- 45-year-old Australian
- 21 years in Japan in hospitality management and entrepreneurship
- Governor at American Chamber of Commerce Okinawa
- Sustainability Committee Chairman
- NPO Churamura – Coastal Conservation Agency Founder
- 1st ever ambition: to become a marine biologist
- Married with 2 daughters
I enjoy everything ocean-related, golf, reading & traveling.
Favorite quote: “Those with the ability to act have a responsibility to take action.”
Why I fell in love with sea turtles: From the tears that mothers shed when laying eggs, to the frenzy of hatchlings heading to the water to begin their 10,000km life journey across the pacific, these complex reptiles have been around since the dinosaurs, live as long as humans, and help sustain the ocean ecosystem (sustaining all life on earth).
- 52 years old
- Functional Recovery Trainer at Tancha-no-oka Nursing Home.
- Sea turtle lover
I’m an old man who loves sea turtles. After seeing the hatching of baby sea turtles, I started looking for sea turtle tracks in early spring. I noticed trash on the beach but I didn’t go through it. While researching sea turtles on the internet marine environment while researching on the internet about sea turtles. Learning about the Pacific Garbage Belt that would be addressed by a large organization. I learned about the threat of ghost nets, plastic bags, and straws in a sea turtle rescue video. I do beach cleanup activities as much as I can.
Favorite quote: “The earth is not something we inherited from our ancestors, it is something we borrow from our children.
I want the Yomitan coast to be recognized as a “Hope Spot”.
老人ホーム 谷茶の丘.雅 機能回復訓練員
- a.k.a. California Craig
- Help us protect the ocean!
Likes: Yachimun, the ocean, camping, and BBQ
My wife is a potter.
I am a father of two daughters.
I often go to the beach with my family.
Favorite Quote: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”
– 14th Dalai Lama
- I’m Teru!
- Dive instructor
- Weather forecaster for QAB
Teruyuki Kawabe, age 50
Born in Yokohama
Lived in Chiba for the longest time, followed by Okinawa
Graduated from the Department of Oceanography, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus
Representative of Nature Guide Double Rainbow
QAB, the evening news program of Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting Co.
QAB’s evening news program, “Q Plus”, has a weather forecast corner and
Occasionally appearing on the program
I like nature and science.
Her favorite things are nature, science, and omotenashi.
I like to watch baby sea turtles
The escape of baby sea turtles from their nests (hatching) is truly mesmerizing.
I would like to offer everyone a chance to see it.
I would like to offer you the chance to see.
I’d like to offer you the chance to see it.
- Age – Unknown
- Mission – Save Turtles!
- Favorite Ice Cream – Azuki
I was so excited the first time I saw a mother turtle’s footprints on Uza beach and since that day I’ve been on a mission.
Favorite quote: “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”
Thank you for your continued support of Chura-mura.
- Age – 26
- Civil engineer
- Yomitan born and bred
Nao, the beach.
26, civil engineer.
Yuntanchu, a little seasick.
I fell in love at first sight when I saw a sea turtle come up to lay eggs next to me during night fishing. Since being asked to join the Chura Village team, he has been dedicated to sea turtle patrol and beach beautification.
Japan’s first sea turtle sanctuary in Okinawa!