Ishigaki ( is a Japanese island west of 石垣島 Ishigaki-jima, Yaeyama and Okinawan: Ishigachi) Okinawa Hontō and the second-largest island of the Yaeyama Island group. It is within the City of Ishigaki in Okinawa Prefecture. The city functions as the business and transport center of the archipelago. The island is served by New Ishigaki Airport, the largest airport in the Yaeyamas.
Much of the island and surrounding waters including
Mount Omoto and Kabira Bay are protected as part of Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park. [1 ]
Ishigaki Island, like the rest of Okinawa, is culturally influenced by both Japan and
Taiwan due to its location, about 300km off the north eastern coast of Taiwan.
tsunami of record height hit Ishigaki Island in 1771. [2 ]
The island provided the scene for the arrest of one of the perpetrators of
Aum Shinrikyo's sarin gas attack, Yasuo Hayashi, 21 months after and 2000km away from where the crime took place.
Ishigaki Port will be expanded so that five large Japanese coast guard patrol boats can be stationed there.
The [3 ] JSDF is also considering deploying short range anti-ship missiles (possibly the [4 ] Type 96 Multi-Purpose Missile System) on the island.
Culture [ edit ]
Gallery [ edit ]
Ishigaki Bay, seen from Southern Gate Bridge.
Ishigaki Island from space, August 1991
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Introducing places of interest: Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park (Ishigakijima)". Ministry of the Environment . Retrieved 15 February 2012.
^ 「宮古八重山津波」(1771 年) における災害・年貢・復興について —石垣島と多良間島を中心に—」 豊見山和行 (Tomiyama, Kazuyuki) University of the Ryukyus Repository (Retrieved on May 13, 2009) (Japanese) Index (Retrieved on May 13, 2009)
^ "Japan Coast Guard to form 600-member unit tasked solely with patrolling Senkakus."
^ Self-Defense Forces gear up for large-scale war games on remote isle ( The Japan Times/AFP-JIJI)
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Coordinates: 24°28′00″N 124°13′59″E / 24.4667°N 124.233°E