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Shōdo Island (小豆島 Shōdoshima) is an island located in the Inland Sea of Japan. The name means literally “Island of Small Beans”, which technically refers to the azuki bean but today would more fittingly refer to the soy bean or olive as the island has traditionally been a producer of soy sauce and now is even better known for its olive plantations. There are two […]

The Yaeyama Islands (八重山諸島 Yaeyama-shotō, also 八重山列島 Yaeyama-rettō, Yaeyama: Yaima Okinawan: Eema) 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 Islandsarchipelago. The Yaeyama Islands are the remotest part of Japan from the main islands and contains Japan’s most southern (Hateruma) and most western (Yonaguni) inhabited islands. The city of Ishigaki serves […]

Aogashima (青ヶ島) is a volcanic Japanese island in the Philippine Sea. The island is administered by Tokyo and located approximately 358 kilometres (222 mi) south of Tokyo and 64 kilometres (40 mi) south of Hachijō-jima. It is the southernmost and most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago. The village of Aogashima administers the island under Hachijō Subprefecture of Tokyo Metropolis. The island’s area is 8.75 km2 (3.38 sq mi) and, as of 2014, its […]