Okinawa (city)

city in Okinawa prefecture, Japan

Okinawa (沖縄市, Okinawa-shi, Okinawan: Uchinaa) is a Japanese city in Okinawa Prefecture on the island of Okinawa.[1]

Map of Okinawa Prefecture showing city of Okinawa

History Edit

In 1908, Okinawa Prefecture established the villages of Goeku and Misato. During the occupation of Japan, the U.S. military government established the city of Koza (コザ市, Koza-shi) in Goeku.

In 1974, the city of Okinawa was created by the merger of Misato and Koza.[1]

Geography Edit

the city of Okinawa is located in the central part of the island of Okinawa. It is about 20 km north of Naha.

In the prefecture, it is the second-largest city after Naha.[1]

Military Edit

There is a United States military base which is partly in the city. It is Kadena Air Base.[2]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Okinawa" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 746.
  2. "Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan" at; retreived 2013-2-26.

Other websites Edit

  Media related to Okinawa, Okinawa at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 26°20′3″N 127°48′20″E / 26.33417°N 127.80556°E / 26.33417; 127.80556