Lying to the north-west of the Main Island of Okinawa, Izena Island floats like a pearl in the East China Sea.
In the midst of sparkling nature and daily prayers,
people live a simple life overflowing with kindness.
While celebrated for its peaceful atmosphere,
however, this island also shines in the pages of history as a place that has produced many Ryukyu Kingdom Sovereigns.
Sho En, the first king of the Second Sho Dynasty, came into the world here.
Known as Kanamaru before he became king, he was born the child of farmers, but in spite of this became ruler due to his resourcefulness and hard work.
With its deep connection to the Ryukyu Dynasty, many historically valuable cultural properties remain on Izena Island. Taking a walk to visit them can leave you with a profound sense of the romance of Ryukyu history.
Izena Village Cultural Heritage
The Beginning of the Royal Line
Properties coloring the eternal history before the birth of the king
Traditional Island Events
Izena Village has 43 cultural properties (designated at the national, prefectural, and village levels) including handicrafts and historic landmarks related to the Ryukyu King Sho En. There are also many events associated with the Ryukyu Dynasty, which generate energy and bonds between the population and also foster a sense of love for the island. The local residents have respect and affection for King Sho En, and to them these cultural properties and events are irreplaceable treasures.