Naminoue Shrine (波上宮), literally "Above the Waves Shrine", is a Shinto shrine in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, the primary shrine in the prefecture. It sits atop a high bluff, overlooking Naminoue Beach and the ocean. Originally a sacred space of the native Ryukyuan religion, due to its location and natural beauty, it was dedicated to nirai kanai, the mythical source of all life, and to the sea. At some point it came to be known as Hana gusuku and Nanminsan, and later was incorporated into the Japanese system of Shinto shrines. The cliff of Ryukyuan limestone that juts into the ocean houses the “Naminoue Cave Sites”, ancient tombs from the periods between the late Okinawa Shell Mound era to the early Historical Period. When construction of the Naminoue shrine was underway, sites from the late Okinawa Shell Mound era and from between the 14th and 16th Centuries were confirmed in the area. It is mentioned in the “Omorososhi” (1531-1623), an ancient Ryukyuan poem, and the Yoishi (holy stone) and stone wall’s existence attests to its status as a place of worship before the Naminoue Shrine was built.
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Keywords:Japan, Naha, Naminoue-gū, Okinawa, Ryukyu, Shinto, 波上宮