2011年03月16日

'Shuri-jo castle', the largest castle in Okinawa, is on the World Heritage List, together with other four 'Gusukus' meaning castles.

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'Shuri-jo castle', where the successive kings of 'Ryukyu Kingdom' resided, stands on a high ground commanding Naha City, the prefectural capital of Okinawa. Many buildings in this site used to be designated as a national treasure before the Second World War. These precious buildings were reduced to ashes during the war, nevertheless they were reconstructed in 1980's. The picture above shows the imperial throne inside the State Chamber that bears a resemblance to Chinese interior. While in the picture below, the characteristic castle walls viewed in the light of the curved shape and the unique design of gates can be seen. Okinawa boasts its peculiar culture in that the island stands between Japan and China.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 17:01 | Okinawa | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2011年03月15日

'Shurei-mon gate' is a wooden two-storied gate standing at the main entrance of 'Shurijo-castle' that's the largest castle in Okinawa Pref.

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'Shurei-mon gate' in the picture is supposed to be built in the middle of the 16th century. This gate was burnt down during the Second World War and was rebuilt in 1958. The name of 'Shurei' came from the tablet reads 'Shurei-no-kuni', literally a country of observance of courtesy, fixed on the upper part of the gate. When it was rebuilt after the War, the gate stood apart all alone in the grounds of 'Shuri-jo castle'. However, it is now standing together with other rebuilt buildings of old 'Shuri-jo castle' which has a unique appearance different from Japan's traditional castle. 'Shurei-mon gate' has become one of the symbol of Okinawa and is adopted as a design on the 2000 yen bill.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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