Kohama Island

Kohama Island (小浜島 Kohama-jima) (Yaeyama: Kumoo, Okinawan: Kubama) is an island in the Yaeyama Islands group at the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands chain, and part of Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The island has an area of 7.84 km2 (3.03 sq mi), with a surrounding area of 16.6 km2 (6.4 sq mi). The island is located about 25 minutes by ferry from Ishigaki Island, which is the transportation and business center of the Yaeyama Islands.

The 2001 NHK drama series Churasan was set on the island. Shinobu Miyara, former member of Da Pump, is from Kohama-jima.

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Kohama is located between Iriomote and Ishigaki Islands.
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The Yaeyama Islands are located at the southwest point of Okinawa Prefecture.

Access

Kohamajima is accessible via several ferries from Ishigaki Marina, Taketomi Island, and Iriomote Island.

Yaeyama Kankō Ferry
Ishigaki Island Port (Ritō Terminal): About 25 minutes one way, 11 ferries daily from morning until evening. A "car ferry" runs about 3 times weekly.
Taketomi Island: About 20 minutes one way, once daily
Iriomote Island Ōhara Port: About 30 minutes one way, once daily
An'ei Kankō
Ishigaki Island Port (Ritō Terminal): About 25 minutes one way, 10 ferries daily from morning until evening. A "car ferry" runs about 3 times weekly.
Ishigaki Island Dream Kankō
Ishigaki Island Port (Ritō Terminal): About 25 minutes one way, 6 ferries daily from morning until evening. One trip daily stops at Ōhara Port mid-trip.
Taketomi Island: About 30 minutes one way, once daily, with a stop at Ishigaki Island Port

Sights

As the TV drama Churasan was very popular all over Japan, Kohamajima is visited by comparatively many tourists. Kohaguraso, a historic house in Kohama, the only village on the island, is one of the most important tourist attractions, as the drama was set here.[1] The house, which is built in the traditional style with a hip roof and a veranda, is surrounded by a wall made of coral stones. Another tourist attraction is a road in the eastern part of the island where sugarcane is grown. The road which got the nickname Sugar Road can be seen in the TV drama as well.

Mount Ufudaki is the highest spot of the island. Its height is 99 m.[2] The viewpoint on its top offers a scenic view of the whole island and of Iriomote, the neighbouring island.

The small museum in the village of Kohama is worth a visit as well. On the eastern beach of Kohamajima there is a white gate. An old staircase with white lilies on both sides leads to a small sacred stone which is on a small hill under an old tree.

Infrastructure

There are some small shops, restaurants and guesthouses on the island. The village has a modern school and an administration building. Outside the village there is a large hotel resort.

Impressions from Kohamajima

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View to Mount Ufudaki

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Mount Ufudaki

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Traditional architecture: Kohaguraso

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High Street of Kohama Village

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School in Kohama Village

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Museum

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Sugar Road

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Tori on the beach in the east of Kohama-jima

References

  1. ^ Yamakei: Ryukyu Nansei Shoto, p.111. Tokio 2003. ISBN 4-635-01718-4
  2. ^ Chris Taylor: Japan, p. 721. Stefan Loose Publishers, Berlin 1998

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Coordinates: 24°20′30″N 123°58′45″E / 24.34167°N 123.97917°E

Angama (dance)

Angama (アンガマ) or angama odori (angama dance) is a style of dancing that is performed in many communities of Japan's Yaeyama Islands during the Bon Festival, which is known as sōrin (< shōryō (精霊)) in Yaeyama. A related performance is known as mushāma in Hateruma. In Kohama Island, the northern community performs a dance named jiruku while the southern community performs Minma buduri.

Habu

Habu (波布) is a Japanese name used to refer to certain venomous snakes:

The following species are found in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan:

Protobothrops elegans, a.k.a. the Sakishima habu, found in the southern Ryukyu Islands

Protobothrops flavoviridis, a.k.a. the Okinawan habu, found in the southern Ryukyu Islands

Protobothrops tokarensis, a.k.a. the Tokara habu, found in the Tokara Islands

Ovophis okinavensis, a.k.a. the Hime habu

Habu is a name also used for several other species:

Trimeresurus gracilis, a.k.a. the Kikushi habu, found in Taiwan.

Protobothrops mucrosquamatus, a.k.a. the Taiwan habu or Chinese habu, found in Southeast Asia.

Ovophis monticola, a.k.a. the Arisan habu, found in Southeast Asia.

Habu is a nickname given to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird strategic reconnaissance aircraft of the United States Air Force.

Kohama

Kohama (小浜, 小濵 or 粉浜) may refer to:

Kohama, a nickname for the town of Taketomi, Okinawa, Japan

Kohama Island, part of the town

Kohama, an area of Takarazuka, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

Kohama-gobo, one of the names of Gosho-ji, a Buddhist temple in that area

Kohama style, a school of sake making in the former Settsu Province of Japan

List of Cultural Properties of Japan - crafts (Okinawa)

This list is of the Cultural Properties of Japan designated in the category of crafts (工芸品, kōgeihin) for the Prefecture of Okinawa.

List of Cultural Properties of Japan - structures (Okinawa)

This list is of the Cultural Properties of Japan designated in the category of structures (建造物, kenzōbutsu) for the Prefecture of Okinawa.

List of Natural Monuments of Japan (Okinawa)

This list is of the Natural Monuments of Japan within the Prefecture of Okinawa.

List of Places of Scenic Beauty of Japan (Okinawa)

This list is of the Places of Scenic Beauty of Japan located within the Prefecture of Okinawa.

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.

Yaeyama Islands

The Yaeyama Islands (八重山列島 Yaeyama-rettō, also 八重山諸島 Yaeyama-shotō, Yaeyama: Yaima, Yonaguni: Daama, Okinawan: Yeema) are an archipelago in the southwest of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, and cover 591.46 square kilometres (228.36 sq mi). The islands are located southwest of the Miyako Islands, part of the Ryukyu Islands archipelago. The Yaeyama Islands are the remotest part of Japan from the main islands and contain Japan's most southern (Hateruma) and most western (Yonaguni) inhabited islands. The city of Ishigaki serves as the political, cultural, and economic center of the Yaeyama Islands.The Yaeyama Islands are home to numerous species of subtropical and tropical plants, and mangrove forests. The islands produce sugarcane and pineapples. Coral reefs around the islands are ideal habitats for dolphins, sea turtles, and larger fish such as manta rays and whale sharks. Before being wiped out by humans, whales and dugongs were common as well, and Yaeyama once had the largest population of dugongs in the Ryukyu Islands. On Aragusuku Island, there is a Utaki which specially enshrines hunted dugongs with their skulls, but non-residents are not permitted to enter unless they receive special permission from inhabitants, and it is said that any aliens without permission will be driven out by force.

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