Panorama view of South-West Shika Island from ferry on Hakata Bay
Panorama view of South-West Shika Island from ferry on Hakata Bay
A view of the entire Hakata Bay from Shiomi-kōen Park Observation Deck
A view of the entire Hakata Bay from Shiomi-kōen Park Observation Deck

Shikanoshima Island (志賀島, Shika-no-shima[1]) is an island in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan. The island is known as the spot where the Gold Seal of the King of Na, a national treasure, was discovered. The island is about 11 kilometres around and connected to the Umi no Nakamichi (road) on the mainland by a causeway.

On the hill that commands a view of Hakata Bay, two farmers found the golden seal in 1784. The area was developed into a park to commemorate the discovery, and designated Kin-in Park. According to Chinese chronicles, about 2,000 years ago, the Emperor Guangwu of Han, a dynasty of ancient China, granted an envoy from Japan a golden block seal, which was to be presented to the envoy's king. The seal was engraved with the characters 「漢委奴国王」"(Han wa na koku-ō"), meaning "[From the King of] Han, presented to the King of Nakoku". The seal can be seen in the Fukuoka City Museum.

Notable people from the island include Nogizaka46 member Yūki Yoda.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Teikoku's Complete Atlas of Japan, Teikoku-Shōin Co., Ltd. Tokyo, ISBN 4-8071-0004-1
  2. ^ "タモリ、乃木坂46大園&与田の出身地トークにハマった!原付きで通学、イタチが… - スポニチ Sponichi Annex 芸能". スポニチ Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-07-20.

Coordinates: 33°40′30″N 130°18′0″E / 33.67500°N 130.30000°E / 33.67500; 130.30000