Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Shurijo Castle

Shurijo Castle functioned as the central structure of the Ryukyu Kingdom over a period of approximately 500 years, and was restored in 1992 (pamphlet).  The Ryukyu Kingdom was more heavily influenced by China than Japan as can be seen in the architecture.  The castle was beautiful and was restored using traditional building and lacquering methods.  The lacquering methods used here in Okinawa can only be done here due to the specific climate requirements.
 Just outside the castle .

 The throne room.

 Cool large Brass Bell.
With one of the Shisa's

Old gate.  The gates signify that you are about to enter sacred ground.


Abby said...

The castle is beautiful! I love the picture of Charlotte by the bell...she is such a little doll!

Anonymous said...

i went there yesterday with my family!