Naha's World Heritage Shuri Castle

Capital of an Island Kingdom

By Yui Yamaguchi    - 1 min read


A significant number of the castle's main buildings were burnt down in October 2019. The site is closed to the public for the time being, but Shurijo Castle Park has been partially reopened since. Authorities aim to have a reconstruction plan ready by 2022.

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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 favorite travel writer is Makoto Shina.   熊本生まれ、熊本育ち、大阪に学び職務経験を積み、オーストラリアに移住。アデレード、シドニーを経て、ブリズベン在住。熊本、また日本のすばらしいところを国内、海外にまじめに、面白、おかしく発信したいと思っています。好きなトラベルライターは椎名誠。