Shuri Castle Fire

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  1. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

    Sad news from Okinawa: Shuri Castle, once the heart of Okinawa's Ryukyu Kingdom, destroyed in fire | The Japan Times

    I'm surprised that this hasn't been discussed here yet.

    I was quite impressed with Shuri Castle when I visited Okinawa about 10 years ago. Although the original castle was destroyed in WWII, the most recent Shuri Castle had deep cultural and historical significance. Especially for martial artists. I hope that they can rebuild again.

    My Karate instructor is on his way to Okinawa for his first time. Literally in the air at this moment. He planned this trip back in June. It's unfortunate that he will not be able to see it.
     
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  2. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    I heard about this yesterday, and it is very sad. I have only been in Japan at Narita waiting for a flight to Beijing, but I always wanted to spend time in Japan and see the castles.
     
  3. Grond

    Grond Valued Member

    Wow, that was some blaze. Can't they rebuild this though? Didn't they draft and store elaborate architecture diagrams of these buildings? They should be able to reconstruct a perfect replica.
     
  4. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

  5. Nachi

    Nachi Valued Member Supporter

    The news have been all over my Facebook feed for the past days. So sad. I was able to visit the castle twice, last time this July. It was an amazing building with a wonderful tea room. It is such a shame it burt down. Apparently there were a lot of socuments and artifacts of historical value that were lost in the fire, too.
    I hope it is going to be rebuilt in the future.
     

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