Tokashiki Island

Tokashiki Island (渡嘉敷島, Tokashiki-jima, Okinawan: トゥガイフィガイ Tugaifigai)[1] is the largest of the Kerama Islands, a group of Japanese islands southwest of Okinawa in the Pacific Ocean. The island is administered as the village of Tokashiki in Shimajiri District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

Tokashiki Island
Native name:
トゥガイフィガイ (Tugaifigai)
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Tokashiki Island
Map of Kerama Islands.png
Map of Kerama Islands; Tokashiki is largest in the center
Geography
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates26°11′52″N 127°21′52″E / 26.19778°N 127.36444°E / 26.19778; 127.36444Coordinates: 26°11′52″N 127°21′52″E / 26.19778°N 127.36444°E / 26.19778; 127.36444
ArchipelagoKerama Islands
Administration
Japan
PrefectureOkinawa Prefecture
Largest settlementTokashiki
Demographics
Ethnic groupsRyukyuan, Japanese

GeographyEdit

Tokashiki is a hilly island of about 15.29 square kilometers with sheer cliffs which descend down to the seas.[2]

ClimateEdit

The climate is warm year-round with a daily mean of 21 Celsius. It has 1,938 hours of sunshine per year, but it can get cloudy in December through February.

Climate data for Tokashiki (1991−2020 normals, extremes 1977−present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 24.1
(75.4)
24.6
(76.3)
25.7
(78.3)
26.7
(80.1)
29.0
(84.2)
30.7
(87.3)
32.1
(89.8)
32.5
(90.5)
31.6
(88.9)
30.1
(86.2)
28.4
(83.1)
26.8
(80.2)
32.5
(90.5)
Average high °C (°F) 17.8
(64.0)
18.1
(64.6)
19.7
(67.5)
22.0
(71.6)
24.6
(76.3)
27.5
(81.5)
29.3
(84.7)
29.3
(84.7)
28.3
(82.9)
25.8
(78.4)
22.8
(73.0)
19.5
(67.1)
23.7
(74.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 15.6
(60.1)
15.7
(60.3)
17.2
(63.0)
19.5
(67.1)
22.2
(72.0)
25.1
(77.2)
26.9
(80.4)
26.8
(80.2)
25.8
(78.4)
23.5
(74.3)
20.7
(69.3)
17.4
(63.3)
21.4
(70.5)
Average low °C (°F) 13.8
(56.8)
13.8
(56.8)
15.2
(59.4)
17.6
(63.7)
20.4
(68.7)
23.4
(74.1)
25.2
(77.4)
25.1
(77.2)
24.1
(75.4)
21.9
(71.4)
19.1
(66.4)
15.7
(60.3)
19.6
(67.3)
Record low °C (°F) 3.7
(38.7)
6.0
(42.8)
5.5
(41.9)
10.4
(50.7)
14.0
(57.2)
15.3
(59.5)
19.9
(67.8)
21.6
(70.9)
17.7
(63.9)
16.1
(61.0)
9.5
(49.1)
7.6
(45.7)
3.7
(38.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 134.2
(5.28)
129.2
(5.09)
170.3
(6.70)
194.9
(7.67)
269.1
(10.59)
284.8
(11.21)
154.7
(6.09)
208.8
(8.22)
234.6
(9.24)
157.4
(6.20)
120.9
(4.76)
135.8
(5.35)
2,200.5
(86.63)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 12.1 11.3 13.0 11.8 12.4 11.7 8.4 11.0 11.7 8.6 9.1 10.9 132
Mean monthly sunshine hours 89.9 97.6 124.0 135.6 163.7 188.8 274.0 248.2 207.1 180.0 126.1 105.8 1,938.4
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[3][4]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Shuri-Naha Dialect Dictionary
  2. ^ Tokashiki Island. Kerama islands website.
  3. ^ 観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値). JMA. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  4. ^ 気象庁 / 平年値(年・月ごとの値). JMA. Retrieved March 16, 2022.