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American Way is the bi-monthly in-flight magazine for American Airlines and American Eagle. The award-winning magazine is run by American Airlines Publishing in Fort Worth, Texas and distributed on American Airlines fleet of 631 airplanes that fly to 273 destinations. It covers lifestyle, celebrity culture, hotel reviews, restaurants, pop culture and technology reviews.

Travel 2013 January

Another Japan

by Robert Michael Poole

With bare white beaches, transparent waters, unkempt jungles and colorful ethnic villages, the Yaeyama Islands are the best-kept secrets in the East.

Here in Southern Okinawa, Japan, where water buffalo-powered wooden carts meander through historic hamlets, it’s no wonder time is but a breeze to cool the soul of any daydreamer, because at Hoshizuna Beach, the stars are scattered not merely across the sky at night but underfoot as well — in actuality as tiny, five-pointed exoskeletons of marine protozoa scattered in the sands.