Nakagusuku, Okinawa

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Location of Nakagusuku in Okinawa Prefecture
Location of Nakagusuku in Okinawa Prefecture
Nakagusuku is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 26°16′4″N 127°47′29″E / 26.26778°N 127.79139°E / 26.26778; 127.79139Coordinates: 26°16′4″N 127°47′29″E / 26.26778°N 127.79139°E / 26.26778; 127.79139
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Okinawa Prefecture
District Nakagami
 • Mayor Seitoku Arakaki
 • Total 15.46 km2 (5.97 sq mi)
Population (March 1, 2008)
 • Total 16,462
 • Density 1,065/km2 (2,760/sq mi)
 • Tree Ebony
 • Flower Hibiscus
 • Fish Ijukin (Threadfin bream)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 176 Tōma, Nakagusuku-mura, Nakagami-gun
Website in Japanese

Nakagusuku (中城村 Nakagusuku-son?, Okinawan: Nakagushiku) is a village located in Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2008, the village has an estimated population of 16,462 and a density of 1,065 persons per km². The total area is 15.46 km².

The ruins of a fine gusuku (Ryukyuan castle), Nakagusuku, are in this village.


The village character (Mascot) is Gosamaru, who was the most famous resident of the castle. He holds a battle fan in one hand, and a carrot in the other. Nakagusuku village is famous for its almost white carrots, which are a point of civic pride.

Village events[edit]

On the fourth Sunday of every month there is a small Farmer's Market only for old and young people to participate in. It usually has 4-10 vendors at the Yoshinoura park. Time is from 9:00am to Noon.

Once a year in October the village hosts its Matsuri (festival) on the castle grounds. Local music and dance are performed, and food, games and beer is available from vendors.

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