Okinawa Prefecture

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Okinawa Prefecture

沖縄県
Native transcription(s)
 • Kanji沖縄県
 • JapaneseOkinawa-ken
 • OkinawanUchinaa-chin
Flag of Okinawa Prefecture
Flag
Official logo of Okinawa Prefecture
Symbol
Location of Okinawa Prefecture
Coordinates: 26°30′N 128°0′E / 26.500°N 128.000°E / 26.500; 128.000Coordinates: 26°30′N 128°0′E / 26.500°N 128.000°E / 26.500; 128.000
Country Japan
RegionKyushu
IslandOkinawa, Daitō, Sakishima and Senkaku (disputed)
CapitalNaha
SubdivisionsDistricts: 5, Municipalities: 41
Government
 • GovernorDenny Tamaki
Area
 • Total2,281 km2 (881 sq mi)
Area rank44th
Population
 (February 2, 2020)
 • Total1,457,162
 • Rank29th
 • Density640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-47
Websitewww.pref.okinawa.lg.jp
Symbols
BirdOkinawa woodpecker (Sapheopipo noguchii)
FishBanana fish (Pterocaesio diagramma, "takasago", "gurukun")
FlowerDeego (Erythrina variegata)
TreePinus luchuensis ("ryūkyūmatsu")

Okinawa Prefecture (沖縄県, Japanese: Okinawa-ken, Okinawan: Uchinaa-chin[1]) is traditionally a prefecture in the Kyūshū region of Japan.[2] Okinawa Prefecture is made up of islands which are southwest of the island of Kyushu.[3] Recent government proposals recognize the prefecture as its own region.[4]

The capital city is Naha which is on the island of Okinawa.[5]

History[change | change source]

Timeline[change | change source]

Geography[change | change source]

Okinawa is a grouping of many islands along the border at the edge of the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean from Kyūshū to Taiwan. It is the southernmost prefecture in Japan.[3]

Cities[change | change source]

Okinawa Prefecture has eleven cities. Okinawan names are in parentheses.

Towns and villages[change | change source]

These are the towns and villages in each district.

National Parks[change | change source]

National Parks are established in about 19% of the total land area of the prefecture.[8]

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

Naminouegū was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of the Ryukyu Islands.[9] In 1890, the shrine was recognized in the system of State Shinto. It is among the ranked, nationally significant shrines or Kanpei-shōsha (官幣小社) which includes five sanctuaries.[10]

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References[change | change source]

  1. JLect - ちん【県・縣】 : chin | define meaning. www.jlect.com. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  2. Kanno, Eiji. (1998). New Japan Solo, p. 397; excerpt, "Administratively, Okinawa is part of Kyushu Region, even though it is l .000 km (625 miles) southwest of Kagoshima."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Okinawa-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 746-747.
  4. Hook, Glenn D. (2011). Decoding Boundaries in Contemporary Japan: The Koizumi Administration and Beyond, pp. 145-146.
  5. Nussbaum, "Naha" at p. 686.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Nussbaum, "Ryukyu Islands" at p. 801.
  7. Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): 26th G8 summit, overview.
  8. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  9. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 127.
  10. List of Kankokuheisha (官国幣社), p. 3; retrieved 2012-8-26.

More reading[change | change source]

  • Kerr, George H. (1958). Okinawa: the History of an Island People. Rutland, Vermont: Charles Tuttle Co. OCLC 722356
  • ___________. (1953). Ryukyu Kingdom and Province before 1945. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council. OCLC 5455582

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