Okinawans have a knack for using every single bit of available land for development. This seeming norm is sharply contrasted by the undeveloped jungle hilltops scattered throughout the neighborhoods of northern Okinawa City. The otherwise flat terrain and notable absence of other steep topography makes these hills special. Some are just undeveloped land. Others are created into small parks or are covered with Okinawan tombs and shrines. Sukubu Park in the Noborikawa neighborhood is a great example of a hilltop spared from full development for use as a community park and shrine. Setting aside a little bit of land for a greenery is important for Okinawans as are the spiritual beliefs that the shrines fulfill.
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