Ogimi Village Office
Location of Ōgimi in Okinawa Prefecture
|• Total||63.12 km2 (24.37 sq mi)|
|Population (October 1, 2016)|
|• Density||48/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
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.
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.
The village is a centre of production of Ryukyuan pottery.
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.
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