Origin of Name of Okinawa



Okinawa = Ookina Wa = Yamato
沖縄 = 大きな和 = 大和


■ Meaning
沖 (oki) open sea, offing
縄 (nawa) straw rope, cord
大きな (ookina) big, large, great
和 (wa) harmony, Japanese style, Japan
大和 (yamato) name of several cities and towns in Japan; battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy; Yamato period, era in the history of Japan; Yamato Province which is the present day Nara Prefecture in Japan