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The Ogasawara Islands, also known as Bonin Islands, belong to an archipelago of about 30 islands. The islands were formed by an ancient underwater volcano and there are many sheer cliffs along the coast.

The archipelago is situated about 1'000 kilometres in the south of Tokyo. It includes the three active volcanic islands Kita Iwo-jima, Iwo-jima and Minami Iwo-jima.

Chichi-jima is the main island of the Ogasawara Islands. The mountainous island covers an area of 23.8 square kilometres. Its highest summit is the Chūō-zan at 318 metres.

 The Ogasawara Nationalpark consists of three groups of islands – Muko-jima (Groom), Chichi-jima (Father), Haha-jima (Mother) and Kita Iwo-jima of the Kazanretto Islands. The other two Kazanretto islands Iwo-jima and Minami-Iwo-jima Islands are not included in the park.

The Ogasawara Islands were inscribed upon the UNESCO World Heritage List in the year 2011.

 

Japan 1973 Ogasawara Nationalpark stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli stamp value 10 issued JapanJapan 1973 Ogasawara Nationalpark stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli stamp value 20 issued Japan

Japan 1973, Ogasawara Nationalpark.

Japan 2012 



Japan 2012

 

  1. Bonin islands honeyeater
  2. Melastoma tetramerum
  3. Hart Rock (Chihiro-rock). A giant heart-shaped rock towering approximately 200 meters off the ground occupies a corner of the sea cliffs on the south shore of Chichi-jima Island.
  4. Boninisuccinea ogasawarae
  5. Natural Arch, Ougi-pond (Minami-jima). Minami-jima is a long, narrow island measuring one kilometer from north to south in the western part of Chichi-jima Island. The vicinity of Minami-jima is a submerged karst area marked by dolines, lapiaz formations and other types of topography, where one can explore extinct Mandarina luhuana fossils.
  6. The shell of Mandarina luhuana
  7. Schima mertensiana
  8. The wood of Chichi-jima Island
  9. Indian Ocean Bottlenose Dolphin
  10. Screw pine

Illustration:
Humpback Whale Ogasawara Island

Japan 2016, Natural Arch, Ougi-pond (Minami-jima).
The stamp was issued in the series
"60th Anniversary Series of the Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Tokyo Prefecture".

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