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Naha City to expand Shikina graveyard

Date Posted: 2010-03-25

Citing an ever-growing demand for more gravesites, Naha City has announced plans to build a public graveyard at the current Shikina graveyard.

Shikina graveyard, the Naha City Office says, will expand by 4,400 graves in a project to be completed by 2014, with a second phase to expand yet another 4,800 graves three years later. Naha City says people are beginning to use the public graveyards, but there are land limitations in Naha City.

An ossuary is also to be built at Shikina. The current ossuary is so old, it requires reconstruction. The first floor will hold 2,600 graves while a second floor will have another 1,800 graves. An ossuary is a building, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human remains, ashes in Okinawa. They are frequently used where burial space is scarce.

The largest graveyard on Okinawa currently is in Urasoe City. Naha City’s Shikina graveyard ossuary has not accepted any new burials because it is too old. The current ossuary has been separated into northern and southern parts, but Naha City says it might combine the two under the new project.

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