The Info List - Shika Island

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SHIKANOSHIMA ISLAND (志賀島, Shika-no-shima ) is an island in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
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
Umi no Nakamichi
(road) on the mainland by a causeway.

On the hill that commands a view of Hakata Bay
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 " Han , presented to the King of Nakoku ". The seal can be seen in the Fukuoka City Museum .


* King of Na gold seal
King of Na gold seal