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Naha

Naha is the capital city of the Okinawa Prefecture, the southernmost prefecture of Japan. As of 1 June 2019, the city has an estimated population of 317,405 and a population density of 7,939 persons per km²; the total area is 39.98 km². Naha is a city on the East China Sea coast of the southern part of Okinawa Island, the largest of Okinawa Prefecture; the modern city was founded on May 20, 1921. Before that, Naha had been for centuries one of the most populous sites in Okinawa. Naha is the political and education center of Okinawa Prefecture. In the medieval and early modern periods, it was the commercial center of the Ryūkyū Kingdom. Central Naha consists of the Palette Kumoji shopping mall, the Okinawa Prefecture Office, Naha City Hall, many banks and corporations, located at the west end of Kokusai-dōri, the city's main street. Kokusai-dōri boasts a 1.6 kilometer long stretch of stores and bars. Kokusai-dōri ends at the main bus terminal in Okinawa and is served by several stations along the Okinawa Urban Monorail, the only train system in the prefecture.

Spurring off from Kokusai-dōri is the covered Heiwa-dōri Shopping Arcade and Makishi Public Market, a massive shōtengai filled with fresh fish and produce stands, tourist goods shops, liquor shops. Just outside the market area is the neighborhood of Tsuboya, once a major center of ceramic production. Northeast of Kokusai-dōri is a new commercial district called Shintoshin; the area United States military housing, was released to Okinawa in 1987, but major development only began in the mid-1990s. Omoromachi Station is attached directly to an upscale shopping mall. Frequented by young people, the area boasts large stores such as Toys R Us and Best Denki, a co-op market, many restaurants and a movie theater; the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, containing sections devoted to the art and natural history of the Ryukyus, opened in the area in November 2007 and sits in front of Shintoshin Park. According to the Irosetsuden, the name of Naha comes from its original name, the name of a large, mushroom-shaped stone in the city.

The stone wore away and became buried, the name's pronunciation and its kanji changed. In Naha, some archeological relics of the Stone Age were found. From a Jōmon period kaizuka, ancient Chinese coins were found. Pottery found by archaeologists indicates that the area was an active site of trade with the Japanese archipelago and Korean peninsula at least as early as the 11th century. Though it is not known just when the area first became organized as a functioning port city, it was active as such by the time of the unification of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in the early 15th century. Though today Naha has grown to incorporate the former royal capital city of Shuri, center of Chinese learning Kumemura, other towns and villages, in the period of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, it was a smaller city, prominent as a major port, but not as a political center. Medieval Naha was on a tiny island called Ukishima, connected to the mainland of Okinawa Island by a narrow causeway called Chōkōtei which led on to Shuri; the main port area for international trade, Naha proper, was divided into the East and West districts and was on the southwestern portion of Ukishima.

A large open-air marketplace was oyamise. A number of Japanese temples and shrines were located here, along with a residence and embassy, known as the Tenshikan, for visiting Chinese officials. A pair of forts built atop embankments extending out across the entrance to the harbor defended the port, a small island within the harbor held a warehouse, Omono gusuku, used for storing trade goods. Tomari, on the mainland of Okinawa Island to the northeast of Ukishima, served as the chief port for trade within the Ryūkyū Islands; the administrators of Tomari were responsible for collecting and managing the tribute paid to the kingdom by the Amami Islands, whose tribute ships made port here. Kume-Ōdōri ran across Ukishima from southeast to northwest, forming the center of the walled community of Kumemura, the center of classical Chinese learning in Ryūkyū for centuries. Kumemura is traditionally believed to have been founded by 36 Min families sent to Ryūkyū by the Ming Chinese Imperial Court and to be inhabited or by descendants of those settlers.

Major sites in the community included the Tensonbyō Taoist temple near the northern end of Kume-Ōdōri and two shrines called Upper and Lower Tenpigū, dedicated to the Taoist goddess of the sea Tenpi known as Matsu. A Confucian temple, the gift of the Kangxi Emperor, was built in Kumemura in the 1670s. Following their destruction in World War II, the Meirindō, Confucian temple, Tenpigū shrines were rebuilt on the site of the Tensonbyō in northern Kume, where they stand today as th

The Dubliner's Dublin

The Dubliner's Dublin is the last of The Dubliners' albums to be released on vinyl, The Dubliner's Dublin coincided with Dublin City's millennium celebrations. The lineup was Ronnie Drew, Barney McKenna, John Sheahan, Seán Cannon and Eamonn Campbell and there were a number of guest musicians. Campbell again took on the role of producer. A video containing some of the music from the album was released, combining with a tour of Dublin narrated by Ronnie Drew. "Finnegan's Wake" "Raglan Road" "The Zoological Gardens" "Hornpipes - The Honeysuckle/The Golden Eagle" "Sez She" "Three Lovely Lassies from Kimmage" "Johnny Doyle" "Weile Waile" "Bombo Lane" "The Monto" " The Auld Triangle" "The Dublin Jack of All Trades" "Dicey Reilly" "Reels - Ríl Gan Ainm/Sheahan's Reel/Jenny's Wedding" "The Ragman's Ball" "Seven Drunken Nights" "Christ Church" "The Spanish Lady" "The Rare Oul' Times"

Kempsey Shire

Kempsey Shire is a local government area in the mid north coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The shire services an area of 3,380 square kilometres and is located adjacent to the Pacific Highway and the North Coast railway line. Kempsey Shire was formed on 1 October 1975 by the amalgamation of the former Kempsey Municipality and the former Macleay Shire. At the 2011 census, Kempsey Shire had a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people residing within its boundaries; the shire contains a coastal strip, identified in 2007, confirmed in 2015, as one of the most disadvantaged areas in Australia. The Mayor of the Kempsey Shire is an independent politician. Towns and localities in the Kempsey Shire are: At the 2011 census, there were 28,134 people in the Kempsey Shire local government area, of these 50.2 per cent were male and 49.8 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 11.1 per cent of the population, more than four times the national average.

The median age of people in the Kempsey Shire was 45 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.4 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 19.8 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 45.4 per cent were married and 15.4 per cent were either divorced or separated. Population growth in the Kempsey Shire between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 1.86 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent population growth in the Kempsey Shire local government area was lower than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the Kempsey Shire was below the national average, being one of the factors that place parts of the Kempsey Shire in an area of social disadvantage. At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Kempsey Shire local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 81 per cent of all residents.

In excess of 62 per cent of all residents in the Kempsey Shire nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, compared to the national average, households in the Kempsey Shire local government area had a lower than average proportion where two or more languages are spoken. Kempsey Shire Council is composed of nine Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office; the Mayor is directly elected while the eight other Councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held on 10 September 2016, the makeup of the Council is as follows: The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is: Local government in New South Wales