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Bengatake

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  • Japanese: 弁ヶ嶽 (Bengatake)

Bengatake is a hill in Shuri, Okinawa, the highest point in the city (and today, the highest point anywhere in Naha). Atop the hill sits a sacred space (utaki) where kings of the Ryûkyû Kingdom would go to pray; a stone wall and gate around the utaki was erected in 1519.

Okinawa Shrine, relocated in the postwar period from Shuri castle, today sits atop the hill as well.

References

  • Ono Masako, Tomita Chinatsu, Kanna Keiko, Taguchi Megumi, "Shiryô shôkai Kishi Akimasa bunko Satsuyû kikô," Shiryôhenshûshitsu kiyô 31 (2006), 233.
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