The devils of Oki-shima: A group of presumed Micronesian castaways in Japan

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Abstract

Accidental dispersal of Micronesian voyaging canoes is well known. While most of this occurred within the archipelagos, some was further afield. A twelfth century Japanese report narrates the arrival of a boat of castaways to the Izu Islands (off Tokyo). This paper examines this narrative against the background of other documented long distance dispersal from Micronesia, such as vagrant saltwater crocodiles and a canoe drifting from Lamotrek to Shanghai (China).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-132
Number of pages12
JournalPacific Asia Inquiry
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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