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Ryūkyū [Ryūkyū Shotō; Nansei Shotō]locked

  • Josef Kreiner

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Chain of Japanese islands stretching from Kyūshū in the north to Taiwan in the south. The Ryūkyū islands include Okinawa, Miyako, Senkaku and Yaeyama (Okinawa Prefect.), and the Satsunan islands (Tokara and Amami; Kagoshima Prefect.). In terms of ethnicity, language and culture, these islands belong to the larger sphere of Japanese culture, but independent developments and the admixture of non-Japanese elements set the Ryūkyūs apart from the mainstream of Japanese culture....

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