The Ryukyu Islands or more recently the Nansei Islands (which means "southwest islands" in Japanese), are an island chain in the western Pacific Ocean at the eastern limit of the East China Sea.
It stretches southwestward from the island of Kyushu to Taiwan. The islands are administratively divided into Satsunan Islands to the north, belonging to Kagoshima Prefecture, and Ry&#363;ky&#363; Shot&#333; to the south, belonging to Okinawa Prefecture.
The islands have a subtropical climate with warm winters and hot summers. Precipitation is very high, and is affected by the rainy season and typhoons.
The coral reefs of the Ryukyus are one of the World Wildlife Fund's Global 200 ecoregions. The reefs are endangered by sedimentation and eutrophication, mostly a result of agriculture, as well as damage from fishing.
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Trip: Japan 2010
Okinawa is great.
Trip: Okinawa 2010
Visit to Okinawa, mostly for diving. We dived several sites at the Kerama islands, near Naha, the main city of Okinawa, and Taketomi, next to Ishigaki island.
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