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The Yonosuke Port at Odo

2019年3月26日

 During the period of a terrible drought in 1904, Yonosuke Saito (originally from Saga Prefecture), who was the district head of Shimajiri at the time, decided to use the funds allotted by the government for public works. Rather than distributing the government funding to the people, Saito excavated the coral reef off the coast of Odohama to build Nnatuguchi, or an opening for a port. This was aimed at creating employment in the region to stabilize the livelihood of the people who were half farmers and half fishermen, and to promote the fishing industry.

  The port was completed in December of 1907 and the residents called it the Yonosuke Port in honor of Yonosuke Saito. The people also referred to the Odohama as Gamasuke Hama in honor of Gamasuke Miyazato, who was the village head of Mabuni.

  With the completion of the Yonosuke Port, boats were able to come and go even during low tide, and in the later years, the Port was used for sea transportation of sugarcane and as a port of refuge for the fishermen, and brought great benefits to the area.

  The Yonosuke Port at Odo was recognized in 2009 as an Engineering Heritage Recommended by the Japan Society of Civil Engineers for its “great value as an engineering heritage unique to Okinawa, surrounded by coral reef.”

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The Yonosuke Port at Odo

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