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Need translation help[edit]

Help! The caped crusadertranslator hurts himself. Need help with the translation.--Jondel 07:02, 27 Oct 2004 (UTC)


"However, the viability of these theories is undetermined when one considers that there are no piles of rocks at the foot of the structures, as would be expected if the near-perfect right angles that define these structures were formed by cleavage of the rocks that make them up."

According to the dive-site diagram here : There seems to be a good collection of rock at the bottom of the outcrop, where one would expect to find it considering its position in the tidal zone, and the drop-off. Thenerdgod 21:42, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

Katakana names[edit]

On the map a few names are written in katakana. What is the reason for this unusual style of writing?

The names are in Okinawan, not Japanese. Jpatokal 08:18, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

Somebody needs to clean up the page as rather than being neutral, and also without going into details it suggests that the structures are manmade and "predate those of Mesopotamia, India, Egypt and China". This is a provocative statement as many scientists of different races and disciplines who have visited Yonaguni have said they should be natural formations. They definitely look natural on tv. Graham Hancock who has a penchant for saying things that are unconventional about history and prehistory is among the few believers. But even he said that "any one structure would look natural but the entire formation on the whole suggests that it is manmade".

This is however not the only one of its kind, such statements can be made on the discussion page, but not on the main article one. There are many pages unfortunately on this very good site that have such nationalisms and regionisms being expressed very blatantly.

Go ahead and fix it! Jpatokal 08:18, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

The katakana names might be because of the word being from one of the Ryukyuan languages and not Japanese. Since there would be no kanji for these words, katakana is used.-- 01:46, 23 December 2005 (UTC)

Wikitravel Destination of the Month[edit]

Yonaguni is Destination of the Month on Wikitravel for March 2006. Pitch in and help improve it! Jpatokal 08:18, 1 March 2006 (UTC)


Now I'm confused - when was the site really discovered for the first time? In 1985 or in 1995? I've just written 1985 in the swedish edition, that's why I wonder...-- 13:10, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

Where else in the world can we find such angular rocks?[edit]

Most geologists familiar with the area also maintain that the structures are mere geologic processes of natural origin and consistent with other known geological formations. They point to the fact that local rocks above the surface have right angle cleavages, and that aquatic flora and fauna have simply smoothed out much of the surface of the rocks. Furthermore, no tools have been found at the site, which could positively identify human settlement.

It seems certain geologists never went there to see for themselves. Also, they seem to forget that if the water has caused the rocks to smooth out, then they can forget about finding any tools or little things left from any previous civilization. Not even the debris from Titanic which sunk less than 100 years ago have survived intact to this day. Pottery and organic materials could never have withstood all those years under water. The tide could also pick up the remains and spread them all across the seabed, making discoveries difficult. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 07:47, 22 January 2007 (UTC).

If you want to see some fancy natural geological formations : Giant's Causeway. The Yonaguni Monuments look quite common... Kromsson 20:28, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
I have edited the lousy argument of "nature does not make angular stones". Maybe we should discuss it here, if the current version doesn't seem fair enought. Kromsson 22:04, 24 July 2007 (UTC)

To answer the question ("Where else in the world can we find such angular rocks?"), see the "Bimini Road" Wikipedia article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:27, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

Needs more work[edit]

After reading the page, it seems biased towards the structures being natural rock formations. Though I am unsure as to whether they are or not, I think the article needs to have some facts written differently (not taken out). IronCrow (talk) 22:44, 24 January 2008 (UTC)

Citation misinterprets article[edit]

The citation to seems to be saying that he believes that the structures are completely natural, which was not the conclusion that the article actually made.

Schoch states:

"Most recently Dr. Kimura has been referring to the Yonaguni Monument and related structures as being "terraformed," that is natural geological features that have been manipulated or modified by human hands. This is essentially the position that I have come to, so perhaps Dr. Kimura and I are converging in our opinions of the Yonaguni Monument."


"I am not yet absolutely convinced that it is an artificial structure - - but in my opinion, even if it is primarily natural, it may have been modified by human actions in ancient times."

I'm not sure how to modify the article to remove the inaccuracy, but keep in the reference to the very informative article on the subject. Mimir (talk) 15:15, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

I think I've sorted that and a couple of other things, but it remains a pretty poor article without enough references and quite a bit of OR/speculation.--Doug Weller (talk) 15:36, 28 March 2008 (UTC)


What is the population of the island? Chris (クリス • フィッチ) (talk) 01:16, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Article lacks NPOV[edit]

The jury is still out on the site. The lack of real archeological scrutiny makes it hard to tell. This article is way to dismissive of the possibility that the megaliths were constructed or shaped by humans. See the last external link, the History Channel documentary, for a more NPOV. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Binarystar1984 (talkcontribs) 17:35, 16 September 2008

You'll have to find better sources than a History Channel docu-promo piece. --Ronz (talk) 18:19, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Why Doubt[edit]

"i have seen videos of this discovery, not by any mean they can be similiar to sharp structures made by natural powers. By all means it is a human carved structure. Please see this video, and also pictures in some where i did come across pictures/video of a big statue that's an unltimate proof that Yonaguni is a human made strucure and it will change in our understanding the human civilization." —Preceding unsigned comment added by Diamondheart76 (talkcontribs) 00:34, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

The map[edit]

The map, "Location of Yonaguni" does NOT show the location of Yonaguni. Or I missed something. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:46, 16 May 2010 (UTC)

I tried long, hard, and fruitlessly to find the location on the map. The page for Yonaguni Monument includes the same map, except on that page it actually shows the location with a red dot. A larger issue, that I don't even know how to begin tackling, is that when you click to enlarge these location maps, the location designation disappears because it's not part of the original image but rather some kind of .SVG trick with the specific location being dynamically-generated over a generic map of the region. If someone with poor vision clicks on the map, or if someone wants an image with a map of a region and one area highlighted, they are instantly thwarted by this seemingly time-and-effort-saving maneuver on the part of the Wikipedia developers. I love the work, but this issue has bothered me on more than one occasion! Guypersonson (talk) 11:08, 4 March 2013 (UTC)
Not sure exactly what I did or how I did it, but by borrowing code from the Yonaguni Monument page and changing a few details, I think I got the location map to work on this page.

part of the continent[edit]

Yonaguni never was part of the continent. It's more than 100 km from Taiwan and the ocean is more than 1000 m deep. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:40, 15 October 2010 (UTC)


Whoever originally did the infobox apparently copied and pasted it from the article about Lord Howe Island, and didn't bother to fix hardly anything. It's now been corrected, with info taken from Yonaguni, Okinawa as well as the Japanese Wikipedia article on Yonaguni Island --Limetom 22:04, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

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Merge with Yonaguni town?[edit]

Should this page be merged with the Yonaguni, Okinawa page? Kenting1 (talk) 05:52, 9 December 2019 (UTC)