Nakagusuku Village Office
Location of Nakagusuku in Okinawa Prefecture
|• Mayor||Seitoku Arakaki|
|• Total||15.46 km2 (5.97 sq mi)|
|Population (October 1, 2016)|
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)|
|• Fish||Ijukin (Threadfin bream)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||176 Tōma, Nakagusuku-mura, Nakagami-gun
Nakagusuku (中城村? Nakagusuku-son, Okinawan: Nakagushiku) is a village located in Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. As of 2016, the village has an estimated population of 20,030 and a density of 1,300 persons per km². The total area is 15.46 km². The ruins of a gusuku (Ryukyuan castle), Nakagusuku Castle, are also 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.
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 between 4 and 10 vendors at Yoshinoura Park, and is held between 9:00am to 12:00 noon. In October the village hosts its Matsuri (festival) on the castle grounds, where local music and dance are performed, and food, games and beer are available from vendors.
Prince of Nakagusuku
Nakagusuku is also famous for being part of the former magiri (domain) of the Crown Prince of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Styled as Nakagusuku Ōji (中城王子, lit. "Nakagusuku Prince"), the Crown Prince, as heir to the kingdom, resided in Nakagusuku-udun (中城御殿), a palace near Shuri Castle. Nakagusuku Castle was also within his domain.
Notable people from Nakagusuku
- Kaori Futenma, singer-songwriter
- Tsuyoshi Hamada, former boxer
- Tatsuhiro Oshiro, novelist and playwright
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