Ikema Island

Ikema Island (池間島 Ikema-jima, Miyako: Ikyaama (イキャーマ)), is located to the north of Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The island is connected to Miyako Island with a 1,425-metre-long (4,675 ft) bridge, which was completed in February 1992 [3]. There is a pond in the centre of the island. To the north-east is the Ikema-jima Block Beach (池間島ブロックビーチ). The variety of Miyako language spoken here is also called Ikema (Ikima in the vernacular). It is set apart from closely related language variants by its lexical word-tone system.[4]

Miyako ikema bridge

Ikema bridge connects Ikema Island with Miyako Island. It's 1,425-metre-long (4,675 ft).

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Ikemajima Block Beach

Ikema Island
Native name:
Ikema-jima (池間島)
Ikemajima Okinawa Japan01s3s2010
Aerial view of Ikema-jima from southeast
Miyako map
Ikema Island is located to the north of Miyako Island
Geography
LocationOkinawa Prefecture
Coordinates24°55′N 125°15′E / 24.917°N 125.250°E
ArchipelagoMiyako Islands
Area2.83[1] km2 (1.09 sq mi)
Highest elevation28 m (92 ft)
Highest pointUnknown
Administration
Japan
Demographics
Population 774[2] (2018)

See also

References

  1. ^ "第一 指定離島 島しょ 人口" (PDF). Okinawa Prefecture (in Japanese). pp. 4. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Ikema island tourism information site", 池間ねっと, 2018. Retrieved on 13 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Ikema Ohashi", 池間ねっと, 2018. Retrieved on 13 January 2018.
  4. ^ Shimoji, Michinori; Pellard, Thomas (2010). An Introduction to Ryukyuan Languages. Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa. pp. 167–188. ISBN 978-4-86337-072-2.
Ikema Wetland

The Ikema Wetland (池間湿原, Ikema-shitsugen) are wetlands in the center of Ikema Island, Miyahojima, Okinawa, Japan. It is also called Yunimui or Īnubū in the local dialect. The wetland area extends for 38 hectares (94 acres) and is the largest in Okinawa Prefecture. The "Wetlands and Coral Reefs of Ikema-jima" have been selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the "500 Important Wetlands in Japan" (日本の重要湿地500) and the entire island, totaling 282 hectares (700 acres). It was designated a Wildlife Protection Area on November 1, 2011.

Irabu Island

Irabu Island (伊良部島, Irabu-jima) (Miyako: Irav), is an island in Miyakojima, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The island is connected to Miyako Island by a 3,540-metre-long (11,610 ft) bridge, which was completed in January 2015 . There are multiple language variants spoken on the island: Nakachi-Irabu, Kuninaka, Sawada-Nakahama, and Sarahama (which is a variant of Ikema language spoken by descendants of emigrants from Ikema Island).

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Miyako-jima

Miyako Island (宮古島, Miyako-jima, Miyako: Myaaku (ミャーク); Okinawan: Naaku (ナーク)) is the largest and the most populous island among the Miyako Islands of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Miyako Island is administered as part of the City of Miyakojima, which includes not only Miyako Island, but also five other populated islands.

Miyako Islands

The Miyako Islands (宮古列島, Miyako-rettō, Miyako: Myaaku, Tarama dialect: Meeku, Okinawan: Naaku) (also Miyako Sima group) are a group of islands in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, belonging to the Ryukyu Islands. They are situated between the Okinawa Island and Yaeyama Islands.

In the early 1870's, the population of the islands was estimated to number about ten thousand. Miyako island has 55,914 people. A bridge connects Miyako Island to Ikema Island, which has 801 people. Tarama village has 1,214 people, between the two islands of Minna and Tarama.

Sakishima Beacons

The Sakishima Beacons (先島諸島火番盛, Sakishima-shotō hibanmui) are a network of eighteen observation platforms and beacons dating to the early Edo period and located in the Sakishima Islands, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Erected in 1644 by the government of the Ryūkyū Kingdom at the instigation of the Satsuma overlords, at a time of international tension during the transition between the Ming and the Qing Dynasties of China, the beacons were responsible for monitoring and reporting on maritime traffic, with a view to restricting foreign vessels in accordance with the Tokugawa policy of sakoku, i.e. national seclusion. After an initial survey by the Council for the Protection of Cultural Properties in 1993, due to uncertainties over land rights and difficulties of coordination between the involved municipalities, it was not until 2007 that they were jointly designated an Historic Site.

Sakishima Islands

The Sakishima Islands (先島諸島, Sakishima-shotō) (or 先島群島, Sakishima-guntō) (Okinawan: Sachishima, Miyako: Saksїzїma, Yaeyama: Sakїzїma, Yonaguni: Satichima) are an archipelago located at the southernmost end of the Japanese Archipelago. They are part of the Ryukyu Islands and include the Miyako Islands and the Yaeyama Islands. The islands are administered as part of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

Yabiji

Yabiji is the largest coral reef group in Japan, containing over 100 coral reefs and spanning about 17 by 6.5 km. Known for being above water level several times a year, most visibly around March 3, it was made a Natural Monument of Japan in 2013 as a place of Scenic Beauty. It is located about 6 km off the northern coast of Ikema Island.

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