Kashiko Island is an island in Ago Bay. It is in the city of Mie Prefecture, Japan; the island was uninhabited until the 1920s when a railway built by Shima Electric Railway was constructed to serve as the endpoint of the line. This railway sparked the creation of a tourism industry. Kintetsu runs limited express trains from Osaka and Nagoya directly to this island and has many business enterprises there; the surface area of the island is 0.66 square kilometres and the circumference is 7.3 kilometres Kashiko Island hosted the 42nd G7 summit in May 2016
Dōgo is one of the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan. The island, 241.58 km² in area, has a population of 14,849 persons. The island is administered by the town of Okinoshima in Shimane Prefecture. Much of the island is within the borders of Daisen-Oki National Park. Dōgo Island is the largest of the Oki islands, it is located 80 kilometres north of Honshu coast. The island is of volcanic origin, is circular, with an approximate diameter of 20 kilometres, with its highest point at the summit of Mount Daimanji at 608 metres above sea level; the climate of Dōgo Island is classified as a humid subtropical climate with warm summers and cool winters. Precipitation is abundant throughout the year; the Oki Islands have been inhabited since the Japanese Paleolithic era, numerous artifacts from the Jōmon and Kofun periods have been found by archaeologists. Dōgo Island is mentioned in the Nara period chronicles Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, Dōgo Island was the location of the capital of ancient Oki Province. Dōgo Island was used as a place of exile from the Nara period, but is well known as the place of exile for ex-Emperor Go-Toba, who died on Nakanoshima in 1239, for Emperor Go-Daigo, exiled to Nishinoshima from 1331-1333 The island became tenryo territory directly under the control of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Edo period.
After the Meiji restoration, the Oki Islands became part of Tottori Prefecture in 1871, but were transferred to Shimane Prefecture in 1881. In 1892, Lafcadio Hearn visited Dōgo Island, spending a month there, writing about his experiences in Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan. Dōgo Island was visited by the American naturalist Charles Henry Gilbert in 1906. A lighthouse was erected on Cape Saigō in the southeast of the island in 1921; this lighthouse remained the only lighthouse in the Oki Islands until the 1950s. On October 1, 2004, the town of Saigō merged with three neighboring villages to unify the island under the administration of the new town of Okinoshima. Dōgo Island is connected by regular ferry service from Saigo Port to points on mainland Japan. Oki Airport connects the island with Osaka Airport, Izumo by air; the economy of the island is based on commercial fishing. Seasonal tourism plays a role in the local economy. Media related to Dōgo at Wikimedia Commons Travel guide
East Asia is the eastern subregion of Asia, defined in either geographical or ethno-cultural terms. China, Japan and Vietnam belong to the East Asian cultural sphere. Geographically and geopolitically, the region includes China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea; the region was the cradle of various ancient civilizations such as ancient China, ancient Japan, ancient Korea, the Mongol Empire. East Asia was one of the cradles of world civilization, with China, an ancient East Asian civilization being one of the earliest cradles of civilization in human history. For thousands of years, China influenced East Asia as it was principally the leading civilization in the region exerting its enormous prestige and influence on its neighbors. Societies in East Asia have been part of the Chinese cultural sphere, East Asian vocabulary and scripts are derived from Classical Chinese and Chinese script; the Chinese calendar preserves traditional East Asian culture and serves as the root to which many other East Asian calendars are derived from.
Major religions in East Asia include Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism, Ancestral worship, Chinese folk religion in Greater China and Shintoism in Japan, Christianity and Sindoism in Korea. Shamanism is prevalent among Mongols and other indigenous populations of northern East Asia such as the Manchus. East Asians comprise around 1.6 billion people, making up about 38% of the population in Continental Asia and 22% of the global population. The region is home to major world metropolises such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Although the coastal and riparian areas of the region form one of the world's most populated places, the population in Mongolia and Western China, both landlocked areas, is sparsely distributed, with Mongolia having the lowest population density of any sovereign state; the overall population density of the region is 133 inhabitants per square kilometre, about three times the world average of 45/km2. In comparison with the profound influence of the Ancient Greeks and Romans on Europe and the Western World, China would possess an advanced civilization nearly half a millennia before Japan and Korea.
As Chinese civilization existed for about 1500 years before other East Asian civilizations emerged into history, Imperial China would exert much of its cultural, economic and political muscle onto its neighbors. Succeeding Chinese dynasties exerted enormous influence across East Asia culturally, economically and militarily for over two millennia. Imperial China's cultural preeminence not only led the country to become East Asia's first literate nation in the entire region, it supplied Japan and Korea with Chinese loanwords and linguistic influences rooted in their writing systems. In addition, the Chinese Han dynasty hosted the largest unified population in East Asia, the most literate and urbanized as well as being the most technologically and culturally advanced civilization in the region. Cultural and religious interaction between the Chinese and other regional East Asian dynasties and kingdoms occurred. China's impact and influence on Korea began with the Han dynasty's northeastern expansion in 108 BC when the Han Chinese conquered the northern part of the Korean peninsula and established a province called Lelang.
Chinese influence would soon take root in Korea through the inclusion of the Chinese writing system, monetary system, rice culture, Confucian political institutions. Jōmon society in ancient Japan incorporated wet-rice cultivation and metallurgy through its contact with Korea. Vietnamese society was impacted by Chinese influence, the northern part of Vietnam was occupied by Chinese empires and states for all of the period from 111 BC to 938 AD. In addition to administration, making Chinese the language of administration, the long period of Chinese domination introduced Chinese techniques of dike construction, rice cultivation, animal husbandry. Chinese culture, having been established among the elite mandarin class, remained the dominant current among that elite for most of the next 1,000 years until the loss of independence under French Indochina; this cultural affiliation to China remained true when militarily defending Vietnam against attempted invasion, such as against the Mongol Kublai Khan.
The only significant exceptions to this were the 7 years of the anti-Chinese Hồ dynasty which banned the use of Chinese, but after the expulsion of the Ming the rise in vernacular chữ nôm literature. Although 1,000 years of Chinese rule left many traces, the collective memory of the period reinforced Vietnam's cultural and political independence; as full-fledged medieval East Asian states were established, Korea by the fourth century AD and Japan by the seventh century AD, Korea and Vietnam began to incorporate Chinese influences such as Confucianism, the use of written Han characters, Chinese style architecture, state institutions, political philosophies, urban planning, various scientific and technological methods into their culture and society through direct contacts with succeeding Chinese dynasties. For many centuries, most notably from the 7th to the 14th centuries, China stood as East Asia's most advanced civilization, commanding influence across the region up until the early modern period.
The Imperial Chinese tributary system shaped much of East Asia's history for over two millennia due to Imperial China's economic and cultural influence over the region, thus played a huge role in the history of East Asia in particular. The trans
Rokkō Island is a man-made island in Higashinada-ku, Japan. It is located in the southeast region at Port of Kobe; the island has a 3.4 km by 2 km rectangular shape, covers 5.80 km² or 1,400 acres. The residential area of the island, featuring apartment buildings -- many with views of the sea -- and single family homes, is located in the center of the island. A green belt separates the residential area from port activities; the two international schools located on the island attract many foreign residents to the island. Kobe is a long and narrow city wedged between the coast to the south and the Rokkō Mountains to the north; as Kobe’s population grew, there was no more space to expand. Kobe's situation was a microcosm of the situation faced by the entire island nation. Japan has a shortage of livable land. Urban planners in Kobe came up with an ingenious way to solve this problem: move mountains to create new land. Workers sliced off the tops of some of the wooded local mountains to the northwest of the city.
A ten-mile long underground conveyor belt was created to take the reclaimed land to its new home in the sea. A conveyer carried the rock and earth to barges, which dumped the contents into two miles out into the sea; the massive undertaking took twenty years, from 1973 until 1992, to construct. The 1,400-acre island is shaped like a rectangle. Rokkō Island is not the first island. Port Island was completed a decade before Rokkō Island. In 1173, Taira no Kiyomori, a military leader of the late Heian period of Japan, built an island known as Kyogashima in 1173. There are two main forms of public transportation to the island; the Rokko Liner, an automated and elevated monorail, runs over the center of the island and whisks people on and off. The Rokkō Liner stops at three stations on the island: Marine Park, Island Center, Island Kita-Guchi, it connects Rokkō Island to Minami Uozaki, Uozaki Station on the Hanshin Line and Sumiyoshi Station on the JR Kobe Line. The Kobe Minato Kanko Bus is another option.
The Harbor Highway is a toll road which links in Port Island from Rokko Island. The Hanshin Expressway Route 5 Wangan Route heads to Osaka. Limousine buses depart from the Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel to Kansai Airport or to Universal Studios Japan. Ferry boats leave the island every day for Shikoku; the major business on the island is related to the Kobe-Osaka International Port Corporation which operated both port container terminals, port liner berths and port ferry terminals. Several manufacturing companies operate on the island including the chocolatier, Morozoff Ltd; the Asia One Center used to house the P&G Japan Head Office. Rokkō Island features businesses catering to the local residents and tourists including two hotels and restaurants. Kobe International University Rokkō Island High School Kobe City Koyo Junior High School (神戸市立向洋中学校） Rokkō Island Elementary School (神戸市立路六甲アイランド小学校） Canadian Academy Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School Residents can walk, run, or bike on the 5 km long green belt pathway that encircles the island.
The loop takes you through trees and at Marine Park, you’ll get a view of a row of Palm Trees and the Pacific Ocean. The River Mall is an artificial river about 1 km long. In the summer, many children play in the wading pool. There are several playgrounds on the island; the is a community fitness center with exercise equipment, an indoor lap pool. Residents can take lessons. There is an indoor skateboarding park. There are several places to play futsal, indoor soccer. A waterpark opens in the summer. Two museums are located on Rokkō Island. Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art is a small museum that commemorates the works of Kobe botanical artist Ryohei Koiso; the museum features a replica of his art studio, an art library, three exhibition rooms. The island is home to the Kobe Fashion Museum, located in a futuristic looking building, which has exhibits on the history of fashion, seasonal exhibitions, a library. Various events are held throughout the year for island residents and visitors including a farmer’s market and Christmas caroling.
RIC Summer Evening Carnival features people of various nationalities dancing the bon odori together during the festival. The Rokko Island Halloween and Harvest Festival is an annual event featuring a costume parade, costume contest, pumpkin carving, a haunted house, live shows, trick-or-treating
Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. Its alternative ancient names include Kyūkoku and Tsukushi-no-shima; the historical regional name Saikaidō referred to its surrounding islands. In the 8th century Taihō Code reforms, Dazaifu was established as a special administrative term for the region; as of 2016, Kyushu covers 36,782 square kilometres. The island is mountainous, Japan's most active volcano, Mt Aso at 1,591 metres, is on Kyushu. There are many other signs including numerous areas of hot springs; the most famous of these are in Beppu, on the east shore, around Mt. Aso, in central Kyushu; the island is separated from Honshu by the Kanmon Straits. The name Kyūshū comes from the nine ancient provinces of Saikaidō situated on the island: Chikuzen, Hizen, Buzen, Bungo, Hyūga, Satsuma. Today's Kyushu Region is a politically defined region that consists of the seven prefectures on the island of Kyushu, plus Okinawa Prefecture to the south: Northern Kyushu Fukuoka Prefecture Kumamoto Prefecture Nagasaki Prefecture Ōita Prefecture Saga Prefecture Southern Kyushu Kagoshima Prefecture Miyazaki Prefecture Okinawa Prefecture Kyushu comprises 10.3 percent of the entire population of Japan.
Most of Kyushu's population is concentrated along the northwest, in the cities of Fukuoka and Kitakyushu, with population corridors stretching southwest into Sasebo and Nagasaki and south into Kumamoto and Kagoshima. Excepting Oita and Miyazaki cities, the eastern seaboard shows a general decline in population. Kyushu is described as a stronghold of the LDP political party. Designated citiesFukuoka Kitakyushu Kumamoto Core citiesKagoshima Ōita Nagasaki Miyazaki Naha Kurume Sasebo Saga Parts of Kyushu have a subtropical climate Miyazaki prefecture and Kagoshima prefecture. Major agricultural products are rice, tobacco, sweet potatoes, soy; the island is noted for various types of porcelain, including Arita, Imari and Karatsu. Heavy industry is concentrated in the north around Fukuoka, Kitakyushu and Oita and includes chemicals, automobiles and metal processing. In 2010, the graduate employment rate in the region was the lowest nationwide, at 88.9%. Besides the volcanic area of the south, there are significant mud hot springs in the northern part of the island, around Beppu.
These springs are the site of occurrence of certain extremophile micro-organisms, that are capable of surviving in hot environments. Major universities and colleges in Kyushu: National universities Kyushu University – One of seven former "Imperial Universities" Kyushu Institute of Technology Saga University Nagasaki University Kumamoto University Fukuoka University of Education Oita University Miyazaki University Kagoshima University National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya University of the Ryukyus Universities run by local governments University of Kitakyushu Kyushu Dental College Fukuoka Women's University Fukuoka Prefectural University Nagasaki Prefectural University Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences Prefectural University of Kumamoto Miyazaki Municipal University Miyazaki Prefectural Nursing University Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts Major private universities Fukuoka University – University with the largest number of students in Kyushu Kumamoto Gakuen University Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Seinan Gakuin University Kyushu Sangyo University – Baseball team won the Japanese National Championship in 2005 University of Occupational and Environmental Health Kurume University The island is linked to the larger island of Honshu by the Kanmon Tunnels, which carry both the San'yō Shinkansen and non-Shinkansen trains of the Kyushu Railway Company, as well as vehicular and bicycle traffic.
The Kanmon Bridge connects the island with Honshu. Railways on the island are operated by the Kyushu Railway Company, Nishitetsu Railway. Northern Kyushu Southern Kyushu Azumi people, an ancient group of people who inhabited parts of northern Kyūshū Geography of Japan Group Kyushu Western Army United States Fleet Activities Sasebo Hoenn, a fictional region in the Pokémon franchise, based on Kyushu Kanmonkyo Bridge, that connects Kyūshū with Honshū Kyushu National Museum List of regions in Japan Kyushu dialects Hichiku dialect, Hōnichi dialect and Kagoshima dialect Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth.. Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5.
Odaiba today is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. Daiba were built in this area for defensive purposes in the 1850s; the original Odaiba opened in 1860 as a port and shipyard in the city today known as Yokosuka, site of the joint Japanese-US fleet HQ. Reclaimed land offshore Shinagawa was expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial and leisure area. Odaiba, along with Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, is among a few manmade seashores in Tokyo Bay where the waterfront is accessible, not blocked by industry and harbor areas. For artificial sand beaches in the bay, Sea Park in Kanazawa-ku is suitable for swimming, Odaiba has one, there are two in Kasai Rinkai Park area looking over to the Tokyo Disneyland. Daiba formally refers to one district of the island development in Minato Ward. Shintaro Ishihara used Odaiba to refer to the entire Tokyo Waterfront Secondary City Center which includes the Ariake and Aomi districts of Kōtō Ward and the Higashi-Yashio district of Shinagawa Ward.
The name for Odaiba comes from a series of six island fortresses constructed in 1853 by Egawa Hidetatsu for the Tokugawa shogunate in order to protect Edo from attack by sea, the primary threat being Commodore Matthew Perry's Black Ships which had arrived in the same year. Daiba in Japanese refers to the cannon batteries placed on the islands. In 1928, the Dai-San Daiba or "No.3 Battery" was refurbished and opened to the public as the Metropolitan Daiba Park, which remains open to this day. Of the planned 11 batteries, seven were started construction but only six were finished. No.1 to No.3 Batteries were completed in eight month in 1853. Among No.4 to No.7 started construction in 1854, it was only No.5 and No.6 that completed by the year end. No.4 and No.7 were abandoned with 30 per cent and 70 per cent unfinished, an alternative land battery near Gotenyama was built instead. For No.4, they resumed construction in 1862 and completed it in 1863. The modern island of Odaiba began to take shape when the Port of Tokyo opened in 1941.
Until the mid-1960s all except two batteries were either removed for unhindered passage of ships or incorporated into the Shinagawa port facilities and Tennozu island. In 1979 the called landfill no. 13, was finished directly connecting with the old "No. 3 Battery". "No. 6 Battery" was left to nature. Tokyo governor Shunichi Suzuki began a major development plan in the early 1990s to redevelop Odaiba as Tokyo Teleport Town, a showcase for futuristic living, with new residential and commercial development housing a population of over 100,000; the redevelopment was scheduled to be complete in time for a planned "International Urban Exposition" in spring 1996. Suzuki's successor Yukio Aoshima halted the plan in 1995, by which point over JPY 1 trillion had been spent on the project, Odaiba was still underpopulated and full of vacant lots. Many of the special companies set up to develop the island became bankrupt; the collapse of the Japanese asset price bubble was a major factor, as it frustrated commercial development in Tokyo generally.
The area was viewed as inconvenient for business, as its physical connections to Tokyo—the Rainbow Bridge and the Yurikamome rapid transit line—made travel to and from central Tokyo time-consuming. The area started coming back to life in the late 1990s as a tourist and leisure zone, with several large hotels and shopping malls. Several large companies including Fuji Television moved their headquarters to the island, transportation links improved with the connection of the Rinkai Line into the JR East railway network in 2002 and the eastward extension of the Yurikamome to Toyosu in 2006. Tokyo Big Sight, the convention center built to house Governor Suzuki's planned intercity convention became a major venue for international expositions; the D1 Grand Prix motorsport series has hosted drifting events at Odaiba since 2004. Odaiba is one of the venue locations in the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics; the events to be held there under the venue plan include beach volleyball at Shiokaze Park and marathon swimming at Odaiba Marine Park, gymnastics at a new gymnastics venue.
Today's Odaiba is a popular sightseeing destination for Tokyoites and tourists alike. Major attractions include: Palette Town: Daikanransha, a 115-metre Ferris wheel Megaweb, exhibition hall of car maker Toyota Tokyo Leisure Land, 24-hour video gaming, bowling Venus Fort, a Venice-themed shopping mall Zepp Tokyo, one of Tokyo's largest performance halls/nightclubs Fuji Television studios with a distinctive building designed by Kenzo Tange Miraikan, Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation MORI Building Digital Art Museum Rainbow Bridge connecting Odaiba to the heart of Tokyo Tokyo Big Sight Tokyo International Exhibition Center Aqua City shopping center Diver City shopping center Gundam Base Tokyo, featuring a 22-meter tall Gundam statue Zepp DiverCity Decks Tokyo Beach shopping mall, featuring Sega Joypolis and Little Hong Kong Museum of Maritime Science with swimming pool Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari sentō Water to the baths rise up from 1400 meters underground. 14 Different baths Shiokaze park with BBQ places and Higashi Yashio park Telekom Center Building with observation deck One of two beaches in urban Tokyo, along with Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward A replica of the Statue of Liberty Panasonic Centre, a science and technology showroom Two Shuto Expr
Ōshima is a rocky island off the northern coast of Natsudomari Peninsula in Mutsu Bay. The island is a part of Hiranai in Aomori Prefecture; the island has 3 km of coastline and an area of 0.16 km2. It is a part of the Asamushi-Natsudomari Prefectural Natural Park; the island lies only 200 meters north of Natsudomari Peninsula in Mutsu Bay. It was once possible to walk from the island to the peninsula at low-tide, but erosion made this impossible over time; the island is forested on its southern half. The grassland was used for pastoral farming. During the time the Tsugaru clan ruled the area, the island was known as Ōmasaki, reflecting that it was viewed as a cape rather than an island due to being able to walk to the island during low-tide. In May 1949, a lighthouse was built on the northern side of the island; the island was designated as a part of Asamushi-Natsudomari Prefectural Natural Park in June 1953. No automobile traffic is allowed on Ōshima. There is a parking lot along Aomori Prefecture Route 9 and bus stop for the Hiranai Town Bus on the northern tip of Natsudomari Peninsula that serves the vicinity of the island.
The island is accessible from the peninsula by a concrete footbridge that connects to a trail that spans the length of the island. 夏泊半島（大島・椿山）Natsudomari Peninsula, Ōshima- Hiranai Town Website