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The City of Naha is the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, and also its political, economic and cultural center. Located along the East China Sea, it has long been a port serving as an interface between Japan and overseas countries. While nurturing its own culture, Naha has been influenced by both Japan and Asian countries, and as a result created the unique culture of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Shikina-en garden, the ruins of Shurijo Castle, Sonohyan-utaki Stone Gate and Tama-ryo Mausoleum, designated as Special Places of Scenic Beauty by the National government, were registered as World Heritage sites under the appelation “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Ryukyu Kingdom” in 2000. Thus, many cultural properties with historical value remain in this wonderful city, reminding us of the glorious era of the Ryukyu Kingdom.