Tourist attraction

The Birthplace of Anko Majikina


This is the birthplace of Anko Majikina, a renown scholar of Okinawan history.

Basic information

902-0073 1-7 Uema Naha Okinawa
Business hours
Nothing in particular.
Close day
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Access information
About a 6-minute walk from the Yui Rail Gibo Station.

Additional Information

Academic information
This is the birthplace of Anko Majikina, a renown scholar of Okinawan history. Anko Majikina, a branch family of Mouji Ikegusuku Dunchi, was born in Tobaru, Shuri, in 1875. In 1891, he entered Okinawa Jinjo Junior High School. He was a close friend of famous historian and ethnographer Fuyu Iha, since their middle school days. Also, Hiroshi Teruya (became Naha Mayor later), Kenwa Kanna (rear admiral) were in the school as well. During the 1895 Junior High School strike, as one of the striking members, Anko Majikina, along with Iha and others, were expelled from the school, but later returned and graduated, in 1897. Iha and Teruya went to Tokyo to continue school, while Majikina stayed in Okinawa, and worked as a reporter for the Ryukyu Shimpo Newspapaer, as well as a secretary for the Shuri district.
In 1925, he became the second head librarian of the Okinawa Prefectural Library, succeeding the first head librarian Iha, where he worked to better complete the library’s collection of local documents.
He worked for local art and social activities as the president of the Okinawa Folklore Association and a member of the Okinawa Historic Sites Preservation Group. As a scholar, Majikina conducted empirical studies based on materials. He and Iha collaborated to publish books, such as "Ryukyu no Ijin" (Five Heroes of Ryukyu) (1916), "Okinawa Joseishi" (History of Okinawan Women) (1919), "Okinawa Kyoikushiyo" (History of Education in Okinawa) (1929), "Okinawa Gendaishi" (Modern Okinawan History) (1937).
Among his publications are “Okinawa Issennen-shi” (One Thousand History of Okinawa) (1923) was credited with Okinawan history book before the war and still receives high recognition for his writing.
In 1933, he died in Izumisaki at the age of 58.
Naha City Museum of History