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It appears that agriculture came into practice in Okinawa much later than in the rest of Japan.

According to "Honne de Kataru Okinawa-shi" (An honest recounting of Okinawa's history) by Kiyoshi Nakamura, ancient shell mounds excavated in Okinawa indicate that Okinawans remained pre-agricultural hunter-gatherers until around the 10th century, which corresponds to the Heian Period (794-1185) in mainland Japan.

To explain the reason, Nakamura, whose parents were born in Okinawa, turns his thoughts to the bounty of the sea with which Okinawans were blessed.

"Fertile fishing grounds lay in front of........

© The Asahi Shimbun