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Okinawa Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

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

Okinawa Prefecture
Okinawan: 沖縄県
Japanese: 沖縄県
Map of Japan with Okinawa highlighted
Capital Naha
Region Kyūshū
Island Okinawa
Governor Hirokazu Nakaima
Area (rank) 2,271.30 km² (44th)
 - % water 0.5%
Population  (December 1, 2008)
 - Population 1,379,338 (32nd)
 - Density 606 /km²
Districts 5
Municipalities 41
ISO 3166-2 JP-47
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Deigo (Erythrina variegata)
 - Tree Pinus luchuensis (ryūkyūmatsu)
 - Bird Okinawa woodpecker (Sapheopipo noguchii)
 - Fish Banana Fish (Caesio diagramma,"Takasago", "Gurukun")
Symbol of Okinawa Prefecture
Symbol of Okinawa Prefecture

The capital city is Naha which is on the island of Okinawa.[4]




Shrines and TemplesEdit

Naminouegū was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of the Ryukyu Islands.[8] 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.[9]

Related pagesEdit


  1. 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."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Okinawa-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 746-747.
  3. Hook, Glenn D. (2011). Decoding Boundaries in Contemporary Japan: The Koizumi Administration and Beyond, pp. 145-146.
  4. Nussbaum, "Naha" at p. 686.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Nussbaum, "Ryukyu Islands" at p. 801.
  6. Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): 26th G8 summit, overview.
  7. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  8. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 127.
  9. List of Kankokuheisha (官国幣社), p. 3; retrieved 2012-8-26.

More readingEdit

  • 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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