Urasoe City Hall
Location of Urasoe in Okinawa Prefecture
|• Mayor||Tetsuji Matsumoto|
|• Total||19.09 km2 (7.37 sq mi)|
|• Density||5,956.9/km2 (15,428/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Horutonoki (Elaeocarpus sylvestris var. ellipticus)|
|- Flower||Henderson Allamanda|
|- Flowering tree||Poinciana|
|Address||1-1-1, Ahacha, Urasoe-shi 901-2501|
Urasoe sits to the south of Okinawa Island. Urasoe is rugged and hilly to the east, and the city slopes gently to the East China Sea in the west. Urasoe, while formerly agricultural, has become heavily urbanized due to its proximity to the prefectural capital of Naha.
Urasoe was the original capital of the Okinawan kingdom of Chūzan for several centuries until it was supplanted by Shuri in the late 14th or early 15th century. Shunten (1166 – 1237), the first known king of the Chuzan Kingdom, located in the central region of the island of Okinawa, ruled from Urasoe, as did his son and grandson. For much of the 14th century, Urasoe Castle was the largest on the island of Okinawa. The castle now contains the remains of several kings of the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Urasoe was completely razed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 at the end of World War II. 45% of the population, 4,117 residents, died during the battle. The village office of Urasoe was re-established in 1946 to conduct basic administrative functions, settle refugees returning to the village, and restore agricultural land. The village saw a significant increase in U.S. military presence in 1950 in the western coast of the village, which eventually became Camp Kinser. The population of Urasoe rapidly from 1956, and the city became a bedroom community of Naha in this period. Urasoe was elevated to city status on July 1, 1970.
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