of the 161 Ryukyu Islands, in a beautiful palm-tree-laden archipelago
which stretches for 800 miles between Japan and Taiwan, the
island is the largest of the Ryukyus, at 57 miles long and 1
- 5 miles wide. If I correctly recall, it lies just about 800
miles off the coast of China.
Long an independent Royal Kingdom, its culture is unique, though
some aspects of it were brought by the Chinese traders centuries
ago and others by the Japanese, who came in modern times. The
island now belongs to Japan. The island people have the distinction
of being the longest-living on the planet!