Thursday, May 17, 2012

Japan 2012 47 Prefecture Program - Okinawa 1 oz Silver Proof Coin

(Obverse design: Shuri Castle and Kumiodori (traditional Okinawan musical theatre))

State Hall in Shuri Castle is known as the largest wooden building in Okinawa and restored to its original state in 1992.

Kumiodori, literally meaning combination dance, is traditional Okinawan musical theatre which composes of words, music, movements and dances. Okinawa was an independent country called Ryukyu Kingdom in the old days and developed its unique culture.

Site of Shuri Castle, built in the end of 14th century, was registered in the UNESCO world heritage in December 2000 and Kumiodori, premiered in 1719, also was registered in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in November 2010.

Japan 2012 47 Prefecture Program - Okinawa 1 oz Silver Proof Coin