OSHIMA, a group of three small islands belonging to Japan, lying southwards of Kiushiu, in 30° 50' N. and 130° E. Their names, from west to east, are Kuroshima, Iwo-shima and Takashima. Kuro-shima rises to a height of 2475 ft., and Iwo-shima has an active volcano 2480 ft. high. These islands are not to be confounded with Oshima, the most northerly island of the Izu-noshichito, or with the northern group of the Luchu Islands. There are several other islands of the same name in Japan, Oshima signifying " big island." One of the best known lies off the Kii promontory, and has been the scene of many maritime disasters.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)