Taking a photo of Shikoku Island, Japan

Taken on Christmas Day of 2021, we have captured one of the main islands in Japan: Shikoku Island.

Shikoku (四国, literally “four provinces”) is one of the five main islands of Japan. Shikoku is the second-smallest main island after Okinawa. [1]

One can notice a distinct feature of the island as it has a pointed headland known as Cape Muroto. The coastlines are inhabited while most parts are terrain and vegetation.

For comparison, a photo posted by Astronaut Soichi Noguchi on his Twitter page (upper left) [2] shows the island clearly while a 3D render in Google Earth (lower left)[3] shows its location in Japan.

[1] “離島とは(島の基礎知識) (what is a remote island?)”. MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism) (in Japanese). Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism. 22 August 2015. Archived from the original (website) on 2007-07-13. Retrieved 9 August 2019. MILT classification 6,852 islands(main islands: 5 islands, remote islands: 6,847 islands)

[2] https://twitter.com/Astro_Soichi/status/1360135046741458945?s=20&t=HPQdYvmv4gxzp4me5cUkUg

[3] Google Earth

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