Shimajiri District, Okinawa
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Shimajiri District (島尻郡 Shimajiri-gun?, Okinawan: Shimajiri) is a district located in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Modern translation of Shimajiri means "Butt of the island" which may refer to its southerly position on the island of Okinawa. Compare this to Kunigami District, Okinawa.
However, there are hundreds of geographic references throughout Japan and even into the northern Kuriles using "shiri", to approximate the Ainu word shir, meaning island. Despite Okinawa being so far south, historically Jomon culture was dominant as on the mainland, and words likely have survived, though their original meanings have long been lost or modified.
The district also includes the Kerama Islands.
Towns and villages
- On April 1, 2002 the villages of Gushikawa and Nakazato merged to form the new town of Kumejima.
- On January 1, 2006 the town of Kochinda, and the village of Gushikami merged to form the new town of Yaese.
- On January 1, 2006 the town of Sashiki, and the villages of Chinen, Ōzato and Tamagusuku merged to form the new city of Nanjō.
The following airports are located in Shimajiri District and serve various islands:
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