Summary of Okinawa Prefecture
Capital City: Naha
Population in 2011 (thousands): 1,401
Area (square km): 2,276
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Shuri Castle and Kumiodori (traditional Okinawan musical theatre))
State Hall in Shuri Castle is known as the largest wooden building in Okinawa and restored to its original state in 1992. Kumiodori, literally meaning combination dance, is traditional Okinawan musical theatre which composes of words, music, movements and dances. Okinawa was an independent country called Ryukyu Kingdom in the old days and developed its unique culture. Site of Shuri Castle, built in the end of 14th century, was registered in the UNESCO world heritage in December 2000 and Kumiodori, premiered in 1719, also was registered in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in November 2010.
500 yen bi-color clad coin
(Obverse design: Naha-Giant-Tug-Of-War and Eisa Folk Dance)
Naha Giant Tug-of-War originates in the middle of 15th century. In recent years, to wish for civil reconciliation, sound health and peace, the large scale rope, which is 186 meter length, 40 ton weight, 1.58 meter diameter, is tugged by fifteen thousand people. Eisa folk dance is performed by young men and women in the town to wish for sound health, safety of the family and prosperity and to hold a memorial service for ancestor's soul from August to September.
Coin Sets contain Okinawa Coin
1000 yen silver proof coin, "simple version"
1000 yen silver proof with five 80 yen stamps, "deluxe version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Proof Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin 6 Prefectures (Okinawa, Kanagawa, Miyazaki, Tochigi, Oita and Hyogo) Set, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"