Bye Bye Shuri-jo

Shurijo – castle Shuri – on the main island of Okinawa, has an architecture which combines both Chinese and Japanese elements, as a unique sample of the style of Ryukyu Kingdom. The gate Shureimon is an important landmark, depicted on the rare 2000 yen banknote. I visited Naha and Shurijo during a trip to Okinawa in September 2017.

The Shureimon gate.
The rare 2000 yen banknote.


Unfortunately, Shurijo was destroyed at a great extent on a serious fire that broke out on the night of October 30, 2019 (link). This fire was not the first, as the castle was burnt down and re-built in the 60s. However, this time brought especially bad news, because a series of restoration work was finished just recently. Let’s see if the castle will still be at a sufficiently good condition to be used in the Olympic-related ceremonies.

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