Irabu Island

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Irabu
Native name: Irabu-jima (伊良部島)
Geography
Location Okinawa Prefecture
Coordinates 24°50′20″N 125°9′56″E / 24.83889°N 125.16556°E / 24.83889; 125.16556
Archipelago Miyako Islands
Major islands Okinawa, Miyako
Area 29.08 km2 (11.23 sq mi)
Highest elevation 89.0 m (292 ft)
Administration
Japan
Demographics
Population  5,654[1] (2013)

Irabu Island (伊良部島, Irabu-jima), is an island located near Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The island is connected to Miyako Island by a 3,540-metre-long (11,610 ft) bridge, which was completed in January 2015 [2]. There are multiple language variants spoken on the island: Nakachi-Irabu, Kuninaka, Sawada-Nakahama, and Sarahama (which is a variant of Ikema language spoken by descendants of emigrants from Ikema Island).[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "第一 指定離島 島しょ 人口" (PDF). Okinawa Prefecture (in Japanese). pp. 4. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ "伊良部島", Retrieved on 13 January 2018.
  3. ^ Heinrich, Patrick; Miyara, Shinsho; Shimoji, Michinori (Feb 17, 2015). Handbook of the Ryukyuan Languages: History, Structure, and Use. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 405–406.