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Yonabaru (与那原町, Yonabaru-chō, Okinawan: Yunabaru) is a town in Shimajiri District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. It is located at the southern end of Okinawa Island, on the east coast, overlooking Nakagusuku Bay.
|Foundation||1 April 1949|
|• Total||5.18 km2 (2.00 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,502/km2 (9,070/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+09:00 (JST)|
|City hall address||16 Ueyonabaru, Yonabaru-chō, Shimajiri-gun|
|Tree||Black ebony (Diospyros ferrea)|
References to the area represented by the modern town of Yonabaru may be found in the Omoro Sōshi, which makes mention of "Yonaharu" and "Yonaha-bama". According to the Chūzan Seifu (中山世譜), Shō Hashi, before becoming king, acquired iron from foreign ships that came to Yonabaru to trade, forged from this metal tools for farming, and gave these to the people.
Formerly part of Ōzato Magiri, with the abolition of the magiri in 1908, the area of Yonabaru became part of Ōzato Village. A railway line to Naha opened in 1914 and with it came a period of economic growth. Talk during the early Shōwa period of separate municipal status was interrupted by the Pacific War and the foundation of Yonabaru Town had to wait until 1 April 1949.
|Source: Statistics Bureau |
- (in Japanese) Yonabaru Town (homepage)