Tarama (多良間村 Tarama-son, Miyako & Okinawan: Tarama) is a village located in Miyako District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The village consists of Tarama Island and Minna Island between Ishigaki Island and Miyako Island.
Tarama Village Hall
Location of Tarama in Okinawa Prefecture
Location in Japan
|• Mayor||Masaaki Shimoji|
|• Total||21.91 km2 (8.46 sq mi)|
|• Density||58.2/km2 (151/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Fukugi (Garcinia subelliptica)|
|• Bird||Japanese quail|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||99-2 Nakasuji, Tarama-son, Miyako-gun, Okinawa-ken|
The two islands of the village, Tarama and Minna, are located at the midpoint between Ishigaki Island and Miyako Island. The islands face the Pacific Ocean to the south and the East China Sea to the north. The two islands have historically suffered from typhoon damage and drought.
In 1879, with the abolition of the han system and creation of the prefectures of Japan, Tarama became part of the newly formed Okinawa Prefecture. In 1896 the village became part of Miyaki District. In 1908, with the abolishment of the magiri system in Okinawa, the three districts of present-day village, Nakasuzu, Shiyugaa, and Minna, became part of the village of Hirara. They were separated from Hirara in 1913 as part of a further redistricting of Okinawa, and incorporated as the Village of Tarama.
The village hall of Tarama was the first modern tiled structured to be built on the islands, and the first village council consisted of eight citizens. Residents of Minna completed a planned relocation to the Takano district of Hirara in 1961.
Tarama was electrified and received direct telephone service in 1964, and residents were supplied with power for five hours a day. This increased to 17 hours a day by 1969, and the village was fully electrified in 1972. Regular ferry service to the village began in the same period, and Tarama Airport was opened in December 1971.
Tarama has seen population decline since the beginning of the 20th century. In the period prior to World War II typhoon damage and drought caused many residents to leave the island, mostly to Osaka and areas of the newly formed Japanese Empire. Residents of Tarama emigrated to Taiwan, the South Pacific, Korea, and Manchuria in this period. Residents of Minna completed a planned relocation to the Takano district of Hirara in 1961. At present the population of Minna Island has only one household and two people.
The Village of Tarama has one preschool, one elementary school, and one junior high school, all named Tarama. The preschool and Tarama Elementary school are connected, and located directly south of the village hall at the north of the island. Tarama Junior High School is located .5 kilometres (0.31 mi) south of the village hall. Minna, due to its depopulation, no longer has any educational institutions. The village has no high school; students must leave the island to attend high schools in other areas of Okinawa Prefecture.
Tarama Airport serves the island.
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Minna Island, or Minnajima (水納島), is an island in the Miyako Islands in the jurisdiction of Tarama, Miyako District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.Minnajima
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Minnajima (Motobu, Okinawa) within Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Minnajima (Tarama, Okinawa) within Tarama, Miyako District, Okinawa Prefecture, JapanTarama Airport
Tarama Airport (多良間空港, Tarama Kūkō, (IATA: TRA, ICAO: RORT)) is located in Tarama, Miyako District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
The prefecture operates the airport, which is classified as a third-class airport.Tarama Prefectural Natural Park
Tarama Prefectural Natural Park (多良間県立自然公園, Tarama kenritsu shizen kōen) is a Prefectural Natural Park on and around the islands of Tarama and Minna, in the village of Tarama, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The park was established in 2011 and includes a designated marine zone of 31.47 km².