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Hardy Islanders Celebrate Settlement Centenary

Date Posted: 2000-09-29

Kita Daito Island celebrated its 100th year of settlement in a ceremony at Kita Daito Village, Thursday. The first inhabitants of the remote island came from Minami Daito Island in a small “sabani,” a traditional narrow Okinawan fishing boat. The first people to settle on the island were a group of six men with their leader Hanzomon Tamaki, originally from Tokyo’s Hachiojima.

Prior to that the island had been uninhabited. The group settled to grow sugar cane, a venture that was plagued with the lack of rainfall and frequent typhoons. Despite all the difficulties, the settlers pressed on, carryng irrigation water to their fields from their communal well on their backs.

Another burden was placed on them by the Government of Japan, who by law owned the land at the time of the settlement. The government collected heavy rents from the farmers right up until the U.S. occupied Okinawa after the war. The local farmers fought for decades in order to gain the ownership of the land they had cultivated for generations. The U.S. Ryukyu Administration finally settled the matter and gave the farmers the right to the land.

After the reversion the Japanese government conceded to the settlement. The unyielding attitude of the original settlers has given the island’s inhabitants an image of being extremely hardy people who do not give up, no matter what. That attitude is one the island’s modern day inhabitants still cherish.

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