Stop write there! Japan draws a line in the sands of time

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Stop write there! Japan draws a line in the sands of time

Officials have had enough of Instagrammers scrawling graffiti all over their ancient dunes

Tymon Smith

Authorities in Japan’s Tottori Prefecture are fed up with tourists who, in spite of warnings and bans, refuse to stop messing up the area’s 100,000-year-old sand dunes.

Local officials have decried the scourge of “sand graffiti”, where tourists ignore local laws and insist on writing things in the inviting sand of the country’s oldest and only large sand dune network.

Since it was banned in April 2009, officials have reported 228 incidences of sand graffiti. They blame the increase on the rise of Instagram and the desire of tourists to post pictures of themselves with their sand-writing efforts on the social media platform...

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