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]

Demographics[change | change source]

The native people of the Amami Islands are the Amami people, who are a subgroup of a larger Ryukyuan ethnicity.

Languages[change | change source]

The Amami language belongs to the Ryukyuan languages, all of which are endangered because in the past, Japan suppressed them. This is also why most younger Amamians speak Japanese instead, as it was enforced in schools.

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.