Amakusa (天草) is an
islandbelonging to Japan, 26½ miles long and 13½ in extreme width, situated about 32°20'N, 130°E, on the west of Kumamoto Prefecture(formerly the province of Higo on the island of Kyūshū), from which it is separated by the Yatsushiro Sea.
It has no high
mountains, but its surface being very hilly—four of the peaks rise to a height over 1,500 feet—the natives resort to the terrace system of cultivationwith remarkable success.
A number of the heads of the Christians executed in connection with the
Shimabara rebellionin the first half of the 17th century were buried on this island. Amakusa produces a little coaland fine kaolin, which was largely used in former times by the potters of Hiradoand Satsuma. Hidenoshin Koyama, who built Thomas Blake Glover's House in Glover Gardencame from this island.
*cite book|title=Japan| last = Rowthorn | first = Chris | coauthors = Justin Ellis, Ray Bartlett|year=2005|publisher=Lonely Planet|id=ISBN 1740599241
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