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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
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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. See also[edit]

King of Na gold seal

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National Tourist Organization (JNTO) (in English) Shikanoshima Island - Crossroad Fukuoka Fukuoka Prefecture Tourist Information (in English)

^ Teikoku's Complete Atlas of Japan, Teikoku-Shōin Co., Ltd. Tokyo, ISBN 4-8071-0004-1

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

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 252387970 NDL: 00636038

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