Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shuri Castle 首里城

The Kingdom of the Ryukyus reigned over Japan's southwestern islands for approximately 450 years from 1429 to 1879. In 1879, the Japanese government, as part of the Meiji Restoration, established Okinawa as a Prefecture of Japan; thus the Kingdom of the Ryukyus ended. Shuri Castle is a gusuku, or Ryūkyūan castle and palace, in Shuri Okinawa. In 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa, Shuri was almost completely destroyed, with only a few walls standing. In 1992, it was reconstructed on the original site.

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