Climb the many steps to Shuri Castle a world heritage site in Naha Okinawa (Photo: Iyu Mura)

Naha's World Heritage Shuri Castle

Capital of an Island Kingdom

Yui Yamaguchi   - 1分鐘閱讀時間


The main buildings of Shuri Castle were destroyed by fire on the night of October 31, 2019. The government plans to reconstruct the Seiden (main hall) by autumn 2026. In the meantime, tourists are encouraged to visit the castle and watch the reconstruction work.

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At the Eastern end of the Silk Road was Okinawa, or the Ryukyu Islands. A confluence of Japan and Chinese interests, the rulers at Shuri Castle skillfully balanced patronage from both nations, while weaving their own style and culture, evidenced in their arts and music.

Today you can watch the royal court dancers or the uniformed gatekeepers in the grounds of Shuri Jo Castle Park, or even witness the making of a TV drama series, such as "The Tempest" from NHK.


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Yui Yamaguchi

Yui Yamaguchi @iyu.mura

Born & grew up in Kumamoto, Yui studied and worked in Osaka before immigrating to Australia. She lived in Adelaide and Sydney prior to moving to Brisbane. Her passion is reporting on the great things of Kumamoto and Japan to everyone around the world in a serious, interesting and funny way. Her f...