The 50th Anniversary of the establishment of Ginowan City

Special Exhibit "The 50th Anniversary of the establishment of Ginowan City"
Ginowan 50th aniversary
(to Sunday, August 26)
@Ginowan City Museum     
Admission is Free
9:00 to 17:00 (Last Entry: 16:30) / Closed on Tuesdays 

 

Ginowan City celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment this year!

 

I took a field trip to learn about the changes of shops and functions of the city, centering on Route 58 and 330, with a guide of a chief curator from Ginowan City Museum

 

 

I would like to show you what I found briefly. I hope this will help you to enjoy this special exhibit。 

Ginowan history 

 

Let's drive on Route 58.

Driving from Ojana to Mashiki, you will see Bank of Ryukyus, Ojana Branch on your right.

In 1970s, they say there was a chicken shop serving the best roast chicken♪(See ⑬ on the map)

Before KFC was open in Okinawa, the shop had been popular so that, if they had heard a word "chicken," it had reminded local people of "Country Chicken."

 

 

In those days, there were barracks in Ojana, Camp Mercy in Mashiki, and Camp Boone in Ujidomari, which made over 46% of Ginowan City occupied by military land together with Futenma Air Station and Camp Zukeran.

camp zukeran okinawa

Reaching the former Isa Junction, we can see something like a tower.

Ginowan city 

 

It is "SAFETY TRAFFIC TOWER." The tower was erected in 1965 for commemorating the torch fire passing through Okinawa for 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games and for wishing the safety traffic at the junction, because the traffic was so heavy in those days. 

 

 

The top design was modeled after a torch fire for Olympic Games.

 

 

Guess who sculpted the tower! 

A great artist in Okinawa, Mr. Shinzan Yamada did! 

He built Peace Prayer Statue in Peace Memorial Hall in Itoman City.

 

 

Surprisingly, Mr. Shinzan Yamada was closely associated with Ginowan City.

 

 

I would like to tell more about it in the next article!

TO BE CONTINUED...

 

Kumiko Teruya is a profesional Japanese / English Tour Guide in Okinawa Japan 

View Kuniko's Profile & Contact Her

Read Kumiko's Travel Blog

Comments

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.

North Okinawa Tours

 JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Northern Okinawa Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Ryukyu Mura where you can experience living history, and many more exciting places. Lunch included.
  >> Details
JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Nakijin-jo Castle World Heritage Bus Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Cape Manza, Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Nakijin-jo Castle, Nago Pineapple Park. Lunch included.
  >> Details
JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Marine Walk from Nago (Departs at 9:00 am)
Enjoy walking underwater through Okinawa's clear ocean by simply putting on a special helmet which draws air from the surface, you can breathe normally even while underwater and explore Okinawa's beautiful coral reefs.
  >> Details
JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Jet Skiing, Banana Boat & Super Mable Tour
Enjoy all 3 of these thrilling marine sports out on the open water. 
  >> Details

 

Miyako Islands Hotels & Resorts

 Location  Rating  Hotel Name
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Atoll Emerald Miyakojima
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Miyakojima Tokyu Resort 
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Breeze Bay Marina 
 Miyako Is. 5 star hotel Shigira Bayside Suite ALLAMANDA