Okinawa Prefecture (沖縄県, Okinawa-ken, Okinawan: Uchinā) is one of Japan's southern prefectures, and consists of hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 km long, which extends southwest from Kyūshū (the southwesternmost of Japan's main four islands) to Taiwan. Okinawa's capital, Naha, is located in the southern part of the largest and most populous island, Okinawa Island, which is approximately half-way between Kyūshū and Taiwan. The disputed Senkaku Islands (Chinese: Diaoyu Islands) are also administered as part of Okinawa Prefecture at present.

Trivia about okinawa

  • Naha is the capital of this island, returned to Japan by the U.S. in 1972
  • On April 1, 1945 U.S. forces landed on this largest of the Ryukyu Islands; in 1972 we gave it back to Japan
  • One of the Ryukyu Islands of southwest Japan
  • In April 1996 the U.S. agreed to return all or part of several military bases on this island to Japan in 7 years
  • The U.S. took this largest of the Ryukyu Islands during WWII & didn't give it back to Japan until 1972
  • Between April & June of 1945, one of WWII's bloodiest campaigns was fought on this Pacific island
  • The U.S. military has 37 sole-use facilities on this island in the Ryukyus
  • The battle for this island in the Ryukyus resulted in 12,500 U.S. deaths, the heaviest toll in the Pacific war
  • This island invaded by U.S. troops in April 1945 has a long martial arts tradition & may be the birthplace of nunchaku
  • (Kelly of the Clue Crew stands next to a military helicopter.) I'm at Kadena Air Base on this island, the largest in the Ryukyu Islands
  • The final land battle of WWII was fought on this island in the Ryukyus in June 1945
  • The seaport of Naha is on this Japanese island that was the site of a fierce WWII battle in April 1945