Ōgimi, Okinawa

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Ōgimi
大宜味村
Ujimi
Village
Location of Ōgimi in Okinawa Prefecture
Location of Ōgimi in Okinawa Prefecture
Ōgimi is located in Japan
Ōgimi
Ōgimi
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 26°42′6″N 128°7′13″E / 26.70167°N 128.12028°E / 26.70167; 128.12028Coordinates: 26°42′6″N 128°7′13″E / 26.70167°N 128.12028°E / 26.70167; 128.12028
Country Japan
Region Kyushu (Okinawa)
Prefecture Okinawa Prefecture
District Kunigami
Area
 • Total 63.12 km2 (24.37 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 3,194
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Village of Ōgimi

Ōgimi (大宜味村 Ōgimi-son?, Okinawan: Ujimi) is a village located in Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2013, the village has an estimated population of 3,194 and a population density of 51 persons per km². The total area is 63.12 square kilometres (24.37 sq mi).[1]

Several population works have established that this village has the most longevity index in the world with a great percent quantity over 100 years old.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

Ōgimi is located at the north of Okinawa Island and faces the East China Sea on the western coast of the island. The village consists of forested flatland, which covers 78% of the area of the Ōgimi, and sharp, craggy cliffs which face the coast. The central coastal area of Ōgimi is bisected by Shioya Bay. Miyagi Island (.24 square kilometres (0.093 sq mi)) spans much of the entrance of the bay, and the island is connected to the mainland by the Shioya Ōhashi Bridge.[1][2]

Shioya Ungami Sea Festival[edit]

The Shioya Ungami Sea Festival is held at Shioya Bay and other areas of Ōgimi in July. Observance of the festival dates back 400 to 500 years to the period of the Ryukyuan Kingdom, and begins with prayers at an asagi, or house of worship, by kaminchu, or priestesses of the Okinawan religion. The religious ceremonies are followed by dragon boat races. The Unjami Festival was designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan in 1997.[1]

Education[edit]

The village operates its public primary and junior high schools. The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education operates Hentona High School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "大宜味(村)" [Ōgimi]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2013. OCLC 153301537. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  2. ^ "宮城島" [Miyagi Island]. Nihon Rekishi Chimei Taikei (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2013. OCLC 173191044. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 

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External links[edit]

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