Amami Islands

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Amami Islands

The Amami Islands (奄美諸島, Amami Shōtō) is a group of islands in Kagoshima prefecture in the Kyūshū region of Japan.[1] It is also known as the Satsunan Islands (薩南諸島, Satsunan Shōtō).

History[change | change source]

The name of the islands comes the mythological figure of Amamiko.[2]

It was attacked by the Ryūkyū Kingdom in 1570, but was invaded by Satsuma Domain in 1609.

Amami was occupied by the United States from 1945 to 1953.[1]

Geography[change | change source]

The largest island in the group is Amami Island.[3] Other islands include Kikai Island, Tokunoshima, Okinoerabu Island, Yorontou and some small islands make up the Amami Islands.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Amani" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 24.
  2. Nussbaum, "Amamiko" at p. 24.
  3. Nussbaum, "Amani-Ōshima" at p. 24.