In the heart of Naha, Okinawa's Capital, there is a castle that has been rebuilt from years of war to represent the original. The original castle was built to serve as the political, economical, and cultural center of the Ryukyu islands (Okinawa is one island in the chain of the Ryukyu islands). The history of the castle is outstanding and its cultural significance is equally intriguing. Enjoy some pictures from our journey through Ryukyu history.
|Outside the main castle!|
|Construction on the castle. The entry fees are being used to constantly improve the castle's representation of accurate historical data.|
|We had to take our shoes off to enter the castle.. as usual my socks don't match! At least they are both striped. :)|
|The King's chair...think of the decisions made here!|
|The room where the King and Queen held gatherings and often celebrated New Year's!|
|Tatami rooms. This particular room was the King's office.|
|Tea Rooms. Tea ceremonies can be reenacted here for a small fee!|
|The daily tea was made in this cement bowl in the floor.|
|Troy could not go through the doorways without hitting his head!|
|The gorgeous view from the castle top. Much of the Southern island can be seen from here!|
The castle was originally built in the 1300's and served as the residence for Ryukyu kings until 1879 when Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture. Hard work was done for six years to restore the castle until it was opened to the public in 1992. It was certainly fun to step into history and appreciate the Japanese culture.