Takarajima (宝島), literally "treasure island", is one of the Tokara Islands, belonging to Kagoshima Prefecture. The island, 7.14 km² in area, has a population of 116 persons. The island can only be reached by boat as it has no airport; there is regular ferry service to the city of Kagoshima on the mainland of Kyushu. Travel time is about 13 hours. The islanders are dependent mainly on fishing and seasonal tourism.

Native name:
Japanese: 宝島
Takarajima zenkei
LocationEast China Sea
Coordinates29°08′N 129°12′E / 29.133°N 129.200°E
ArchipelagoTokara Islands
Area7.14 km2 (2.76 sq mi)
Coastline13.77 km (8.556 mi)
Highest elevation291.9 m (957.7 ft)
Highest pointImakiradake
Kagoshima Prefecture
Population114 (2004)
Pop. density16.25 /km2 (42.09 /sq mi)
Ethnic groupsJapanese


Takarajima is the southernmost inhabited island in the Tokara archipelago, and is located 366 kilometres (198 nmi) from Kagoshima Port and 90 kilometres (49 nmi) north from Amami Ōshima. The highest peak, Imakiradake has a height of 292 metres (958 ft) above sea level The island is surrounded by a coral reef. Its climate is classified as subtropical, with a rainy season from May through September.


Numerous ceramic shards and the foundations of dwellings from the late Jōmon period and Yayoi period indicate that Takarajima has been continuously inhabited for at least the past 2000 years. Until 1624, the island was part of the Ryukyu Kingdom.

During the Edo period, Takarajima was part of Satsuma Domain and was administered as part of Kawabe District. In August 1824, a British ship violated Japan’s national seclusion policy and sent a landing party of 20-30 men, who attempted to steal cattle from the islanders. In the ensuring conflict, one British sailor was killed. The incident was one of the contributing factors to the Tokugawa Shogunate issuing the Edict to Repel Foreign Vessels in 1825. The incident was also the subject of a novel by modern writer Akira Yoshimura.

In 1896, the island was transferred to the administrative control of Ōshima District, Kagoshima, and from 1911 was part of the village of Toshima, Kagoshima. From 1946-1952, the island was administered by the United States as part of the Provisional Government of Northern Ryukyu Islands.


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1965 in anime

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The events of 1971 in anime.

Animal Treasure Island

Animal Treasure Island (どうぶつ宝島, Dōbutsu Takarajima) is a 1971 Japanese anime feature film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. The film was produced by Toei Animation and released on the studio's 20th anniversary. It was licensed and distributed in English-language countries by Discotek Media.

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The single title was used as the opening theme for the anime series Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra.

This single will only come in a regular CD only edition. The single's catalog number is LHCM-4070.

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List of islands in the East China Sea

Islands in the East China Sea include:

Matsu Islands (29.61 km²)

Peikan (Beigan)

Kaoteng (Gaodeng)

Nankan (Nangan)

Tungyin (Dongyin)

Hsiyin (Xiyin)

Liang Island

Chukuang (Jyuguang)

Tungchu (Dongjyu, Dongquan)

Hsichu (Xijyu, Xiquan)


Ryukyu Islands (4,597.68 km²—Daitō Islands excluded)

Satsunan Islands

Ōsumi Islands:

Tanegashima, Yaku, Kuchinoerabu, Mageshima

Takeshima, Iōjima, Kuroshima

Tokara Islands: Kuchinoshima, Nakanoshima, Gajajima, Suwanosejima, Akusekijima, Tairajima, Kodakarajima, Takarajima

Amami Islands: Amami Ōshima, Kikaijima, Kakeromajima, Yoroshima, Ukeshima, Tokunoshima, Okinoerabujima, Yoronjima


Okinawa Islands: Okinawa Island, Kume, Iheya, Izena, Aguni, Ie (Iejima), Iwo Tori Shima (Iōtorishima)

Kerama Islands: Tokashiki, Zamami, Aka, Geruma

Sakishima Islands

Miyako Islands: Miyakojima, Ikema, Ōgami, Irabu, Shimoji, Kurima, Minna, Tarama

Yaeyama Islands: Iriomote, Ishigaki, Taketomi, Kohama, Kuroshima, Aragusuku, Hatoma, Yubujima, Hateruma, Yonaguni

Senkaku Islands (7 km²)

Uotsurijima, Kuba Jima, Taisho Jima, Kita Kojima, Minami Kojima, Oki-no-Kita-Iwa, Oki-no-Minami-Iwa, Tobise

Zhoushan Archipelago (1,440.12 km²)

Zhoushan Island

Daishan Island

Liuheng Island

Jintang Island

Zhujiajian Island

Qushan Island

Mount Putuo

Jeju Island (1,849 km²)


Pengjia Islet (1.14 km²)Total land area: 7,924.55 square kilometres

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Sakanaction discography

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Shin Takarajima

Shin Takarajima (Japanese: 新宝島, "New Treasure Island") is a Japanese manga by Osamu Tezuka that was serialized in 1947. It is the first of Tezuka's manga to be published in tankōbon form. The series is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

Shin Takarajima (song)

"Shin Takarajima" (Japanese: 新宝島, "New Treasure Island") (Japanese pronunciation: [ɕintakaɾadʑima]) is a song by Japanese band Sakanaction. The band's frontman, Ichiro Yamaguchi, developed its lyrics and composition. Shin Takarajima is the band's 11th single, released on September 15, 2015 by Victor Entertainment. The song was the band's first single after a year of inactivity following the release of "Sayonara wa Emotion", which temporarily ceased activities in light of bassist Ami Kusakari's pregnancy. The song was featured in the soundtrack for the live-action film Bakuman and departs from the style of Sakanaction's other albums, featuring pop influences, together with an alternative rock and dance music style.

The title of the song was borrowed from Osamu Tezuka's Shin Takarajima, whose work Yamaguchi came across while researching manga for musical inspiration. The CD jacket on both the normal release and the initial limited edition displayed typography of the title; releases of the deluxe limited edition featured artwork of Bakuman character Miho Azuki, drawn by the series' artist, Takeshi Obata. The single was highly critically acclaimed, with some critics praising the sound, rhythm, and melodic elements as "a new direction for the band," and others finding it to be a return to the band's roots. Shin Takarajima placed charted number one on Billboard Japan Hot 100, as well as ranking as high as 9th place on the Oricon Singles Chart.

The song's music video was directed by Yūsuke Tanaka, and was produced as an homage to the Shōwa-era music and variety show Dorifu Daibakushō. The music video was nominated for Best Traditional Japanese Group Video in the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Japan ceremony. A separate karaoke music video was created by Bakuman director Hitoshi Ohne, designed to evoke the feel of karaoke videos produced from the end of the 1980s to the beginning of the 1990s. The video was a self-parody of Bakuman, telling the story of a romance between a boy manga artist and a girl. Yamaguchi takes on an acting role in the video. Sakanaction hosted its first live performance of Shin Takarajima during the SAKANAQUARIUM NF Records Launch Tour 2015-2016, and has since performed the song on musical programs such as COUNT DOWN TV and Music Station, and at events such as COUNTDOWN JAPAN.

Takarajima (disambiguation)

Takarajima (宝島, Takara-jima) is one of the Tokara Islands. It can also refer to:

Dōbutsu Takarajima, a 1971 anime film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island

Treasure Island (Takarajima), a 1978 anime television series based on the same novel


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Tokara Islands

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Tokara horse

The Tokara (吐噶喇馬, Tokara-uma) (also known as the Kagoshima horse) is a Japanese horse native to the Tokara Islands, a group of islands in Kagoshima Prefecture at the southwestern tip of the island of Kyushu. Its height is about 100 to 120 centimetres (10 to 12 hands). Its coat color is predominantly seal brown. The Tokara has a good tolerance for heat and is used for agriculture, riding and sugar cane processing.

Treasure Island (1978 TV series)

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