Dozens flee Izu Oshima ahead of
More than 50 people were evacuated from a storm-battered island Wednesday, where
mudslides left 45 dead or missing last week, ahead of another typhoon expected to
strike this weekend.
A total of 32 mostly elderly people in need of nursing care, attended by 19 others,
disembarked from a chartered high-speed ferry at Tokyo port after a two-hour ride from
Oshima, some 120 kilometers to the south, officials said.
A military helicopter evacuated three other people from the volcanic Pacific island on
the same day, said Masahiro Mukoyama, a senior official at the Oshima town office.
The town has chartered a ferry to get more people out on Thursday and later, the
official said, as Typhoon Francisco lurked in the northwestern Pacific on course to hit
Japan in a few days’ time.
● also known as the San'in-San'yō region
● westernmost region of Honshū
● consists of the prefectures of Hiroshima,
Okayama, Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi
● As of 2010 it has a population of 7,563,428
● literally means “middle country”
● characterized by irregular rolling hills and limited
plain areas and is divided into two distinct parts by
mountains running east and west through its center.
Home to three of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
■ Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and Its Cultural
Landscape (Oda) - Registered as a World Heritage
Site in 2007.
■ Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
(Hiroshima) - Registered as a World Heritage Site in
■ Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima) - Registered as a
World Heritage Site in 1996.
● the largest city and "capital" of the Chūgoku region
● largest island in Japan
● best known as the first city in history to be targeted
by a nuclear weapon when the United States Army
Air Forces (USAAF) dropped an atomic bomb on it
at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, near the end of
World War II
● The city's name, 広島, means "Wide Island" in
● The region's easternmost prefecture features a bustling
capital in Okayama and a wealth of old, charming
● Site of Kōraku-en, known as one of the top three
traditional gardens in Japan, and the black Okayama
Castle, which is ranked among the best 100 Japanese
● The city is famous as the setting of the Japanese fable
● important transportation hub, being the location where
the Sanyo Shinkansen meets with the only rail
connection to Shikoku.
● Known mainly for the enigmatic sand dunes of its capital
city, a popular climbing destination at Mt. Daisen, and a
● least populous prefecture in Japan.
● word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji
characters. The first, 鳥, means "bird" and the second,
取 means "to get".
● Early residents in the area made their living catching the
region's plentiful waterfowl.
« Momotarō-san no uta » 桃太郎さんの歌
Momotarō-san, Momotarō-san (Momotarō, Momotarō) 桃太郎さ
Okoshi ni tsuketa kibidango (Those millet dumplings on your
Hitotsu watashi ni kudasai na? (Won't you give me one?) 一つ私
Agemashō, agemashō (I'll give you one, I'll give you one) あげま
Kore kara oni no seibatsu ni (From now, on a quest to conquer
the ogres) これから鬼の征伐に
Tsuite kuru nara agemashō (If you come with me, I'll give one to