Chiiya is a small limestone island located to the north of Tomigusuku Gusuku, in the southwestern edge of Manko Lake. Situated in Manko Lake with a view of Tomigusuku Gusuku, Chiiya is known for its close ties to the origin of the haari dragon boat race.
Kyuyo, a history book of the Kingdom of the Ryukyus compiled in 1745, tells the following story: Wan
Ouso, the Lord of Tomigusuku Gusuku castle, went to study in China and was deeply impressed by a river boat race using dragon boats. Upon his return to the Ryukyus, Wan Ouso had dragon boats built in the Chinese style and enjoyed excursions on Manko Lake, which became the origin of haari.
In the olden days, the dragon boats of Naha, Kume and Tomari would first stop at Chiiya before the Naha Haari race, to offer prayers from a distance to the Tomise Utaki worship ground in Tomigusuku Gusuku. Still today, prayers for a safe haari race are offered at Tomise Utaki in accordance with this tradition.
Chiiya reportedly served as an anchorage in the days when Manko flourished as the center for waterway traffic. Chiiya is also the site of Abushibare rites, an annual event of the Tomigusuku community held in April of the lunar calendar to eradicate pests and pray for rich harvest.
The Chiiya area provides a landing zone for migrating birds and a habitat for aquatic creatures of Manko Lake. Rhizophoraceae and other mangrove species thrive on the island. Chiiya is also one of the few natural habitats in Okinawa for the Nahakihagi (Dendrolobium umbellatum), a plant of the Fabaceae family, for which Okinawa is known to be the northern limit of distribution.
Chiiya 是石灰岩小岛，位于北部的 Tomigusuku 琉球，在 Manko 湖的西南边缘。坐落在 Manko 湖与视图 Tomigusuku 琉球，Chiiya 而闻名的密切关系到 haari 龙舟竞渡的起源。
Kyuyo，编译在 1745 年，琉球王国历史书讲述了以下的故事︰ 湾
Ouso，Tomigusuku 琉球主城堡，去中国留学，和通过使用龙舟河划船比赛印象很深刻。他回到琉球，湾 Ouso 曾的龙船建于中国风格和享受游览在 Manko 湖，成为 haari 的起源。
古时候，那霸、 久米和泊龙舟会首先停止在 Chiiya 那霸 Haari 比赛前，从距离地面在 Tomigusuku 琉球 Tomise 宇泷祭拜祈祷。直到今天，祈求安全 haari 种族均提供 Tomise 宇泷根据这一传统。
Chiiya 据报在 Manko 时为中心，为水路交通蓬勃发展的日子里担任锚固。Chiiya 也是网站 Abushibare 仪式，一年一度的 Tomigusuku 社区举行农历四月消灭害虫，祈求丰收。
Chiiya 地区为候鸟和 Manko 湖的水生生物的栖息地提供着陆区。红树科植物和其他红树植物茁壮成长在岛上。Chiiya 也是在冲绳岛的几个自然栖息地之一Nahakihagi (Dendrolobium umbellatum)，为豆科的哪个冲绳的一种植物是已知分布的北界。
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