Ryukyu Islands love

Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island group of southwest Japan extending about 1,046 km (650 mi) between Kyushu and Taiwan. The archipelago was incorporated into Japan in 1879 and returned to Japanese sovereignty in 1972 after occupation by U.S. forces following World War II.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a chain of 55 islands in the western Pacific to the to the southwest of Japan (returned by United States to Japan in 1972)


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Okinawa is located within a string of tiny islands (known as the Ryukyu Islands) extending southwards from Kyushu all the way to Taiwan.


  • The 160 tropical islands that make up the Okinawa Prefecture (also known as the Ryukyu Islands) look and feel very different from the rest of Japan, with their own language, cuisine and customs. Top Stories

  • Operation Iceberg, the landing on the west coast of Okinawa, was designed to seize the largest of the Ryukyu Islands as a major staging base for the invasion of Kyushu.

    Between War and Peace

  • In view of the upheavals in East Asia that followed the war, including independence efforts in French Indo-China and the Dutch East Indies as well as a civil war in China, the fact that the United States effectively occupied Japan and the Ryukyu Islands meant that the U.S. strategic position was safe.

    Between War and Peace

  • Late Thursday, Typhoon Muifa was positioned near the Ryukyu Islands, midway between Japan's main islands and Taiwan.

    China, Japan Brace for Super Typhoon

  • Associated Press A dynamite blast sent debris high into the air as a U.S. Marines demolition crew blasted Japanese resistance in a cave on Okinawa on the Ryukyu Islands on May 21, 1945, during World War II.

    Moments in the Marine Corps

  • The Pacific air forces rendezvoused in the Ryukyu Islands that summer.


  • - Japanese naval exercises in December were designed to practice liberating the Ryukyu Islands, which are near the Diaoyu/Senkaku, after a Chinese invasion.

    China Suspends Talks With Japan

  • After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reaches 6 min 39 s.

    Watch Total Solar Eclipse from Nepal

  • According to the report, commercial flights between Taipei and Shanghai are now detouring via the Liu Qiu Islands, or Ryukyu Islands, northeast of Taiwan, to avoid militarily sensitive regions on the mainland.

    Archive 2009-07-01


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.