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Okinawa 沖縄 Ryukyu Islands - Japan

Shurijo 首里城 (Shuri Castle)

Shurijo Castle, pride of the Okinawan people, is said to date back to the 12th century or earlier. Shurijo was
the control tower of the Shuri Monarchy, which ruled over the Ryukyu Islands and expanded its diplomatic
and trading links to China, Japan, Korea, and the countries of Southeast Asia. This was also the setting for
developments in Ryukyuan culture, which integrated cultural influences from these countries. In 1945 during
the battle of Okinawa, the castle was destroyed. Construction and restoration began in the early 1990’s and
today it is the most visited tourist attraction on the island.
Year 2000 - Shurijo Castle designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Naminoue Shrine w/Shisa Lion Dog
Naminoue Shrine w/Shisa Lion Dog
Naminoue Shrine
Naminoue Shrine
Naminoue Shrine w/Shisa Lion Dog
Naminoue Shrine w/Shisa Lion Dog
Shrine Gate, Guardians, Prayer Bell
Shrine Gate, Guardians, Prayer Bell
Prayer Bell
Prayer Bell
Incense
Incense
Shrine Guardian
Shrine Guardian
Prayer Altar
Prayer Altar
Shrine Guardian
Shrine Guardian
Shimenawa (Sacred Rope)
Shimenawa (Sacred Rope)
Shrine Courtyard
Shrine Courtyard
Main Altar
Main Altar
Shrine Roof
Shrine Roof
Shrine Entrance
Shrine Entrance
Jizo - Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva
Jizo - Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva
Roof Decoration
Roof Decoration
Cape Zanpa Lighthouse
Cape Zanpa Lighthouse
Cape Zanpa Cliffs
Cape Zanpa Cliffs
Cape Zanpa Lighthouse Cliffs
Cape Zanpa Lighthouse Cliffs
Don't Jump!
Don't Jump!
Cape Zanpa Lighthouse Cliffs
Cape Zanpa Lighthouse Cliffs
Beach near Cape Zanpa
Beach near Cape Zanpa
Cape Zanpa Coastline
Cape Zanpa Coastline
Fisherman on Cliffs
Fisherman on Cliffs
Snack Bus
Snack Bus
Cape Zanpa Coastal Flora
Cape Zanpa Coastal Flora
Coastal Rocks
Coastal Rocks
Dragon Fruit
Dragon Fruit
Omikuji
Omikuji
Pineapples
Pineapples
Dragon Fruit
Dragon Fruit
Now I am Really Lost!
Now I am Really Lost!
Kijimuna Fairy
Kijimuna Fairy
Fukuji Dam
Fukuji Dam
Ridge Trail
Ridge Trail
Northeast Coast
Northeast Coast
Torii Beach Sunset
Torii Beach Sunset
Hummingbird Moth and Praying Mantis
Hummingbird Moth and Praying Mantis
A Nice View from...
A Nice View from...
HABU!  Looking at YOU!
HABU! Looking at YOU!
Habu Snakes in Awamori Sake
Habu Snakes in Awamori Sake
Flying Dragon Cloud Sunset
Flying Dragon Cloud Sunset
Shisa (Lion Dog)
Shisa (Lion Dog)
Shisa (Lion Dog)
Shisa (Lion Dog)
Mushroom Rock
Mushroom Rock
Traditional Brown Sugar
Traditional Brown Sugar
Tomari Gusuku Ato
Tomari Gusuku Ato
Sugar Cane Field
Sugar Cane Field
Nakamurake (Nakamura House)
Nakamurake (Nakamura House)
Nakamurake (Nakamura House)
Nakamurake (Nakamura House)
Nakamurake Lotus Blossom
Nakamurake Lotus Blossom
Nakamurake Shisa
Nakamurake Shisa
Nakamurake Store House
Nakamurake Store House
Nakamurake Horse Shed
Nakamurake Horse Shed
Kin Kannondo Temple
Kin Kannondo Temple
Kin Kannondo Temple
Kin Kannondo Temple
Awamori Cave Entrance
Awamori Cave Entrance
Awamori Cave Steps
Awamori Cave Steps
Awamori Production
Awamori Production
Awamori Bottles
Awamori Bottles
Awamori Cave Storage Racks
Awamori Cave Storage Racks
Awamori Cave Storage Vault
Awamori Cave Storage Vault
Awamori Cave (Falls of Gold & Silver)
Awamori Cave (Falls of Gold & Silver)
View of Tropical Beach
View of Tropical Beach
Chinese Garden
Chinese Garden
Chrysanthemum Field
Chrysanthemum Field
West Coast Road
West Coast Road
Cape Hedo Monument
Cape Hedo Monument
Cape Hedo Cliffs
Cape Hedo Cliffs
Speed Limit Sign... (not straight, but why?)
Speed Limit Sign... (not straight, but why?)
Sunset Over Naha
Sunset Over Naha
Stairway to a Shrine
Stairway to a Shrine
First Sunrise
First Sunrise
Landing Fireball
Landing Fireball
Hiji Falls
Hiji Falls
Cape Hedo Cliffs
Cape Hedo Cliffs
Cape Hedo Rocks
Cape Hedo Rocks
First Sunset
First Sunset
Roller Skate?
Roller Skate?
Toy Car...or...
Toy Car...or...
...Car with Toys?
...Car with Toys?
Wonderful Small
Wonderful Small
Okinawa Peek-Up Truck
Okinawa Peek-Up Truck
Nissan Cube
Nissan Cube
Nissan Cube - Heads Together
Nissan Cube - Heads Together
Daihatsu Move
Daihatsu Move
Box Car
Box Car
Japanese Style Restaurant
Japanese Style Restaurant
Makudonarudo - NOT Japanese Style Restaurant
Makudonarudo - NOT Japanese Style Restaurant
Jizo - Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva
Jizo - Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva
Shisa
Shisa
Okinawa Sunset
Okinawa Sunset
Shisa >@,@<
Shisa >@,@<
East Coast Scenery
East Coast Scenery
A bridge to... *,*?
A bridge to... *,*?
East Coast Beach
East Coast Beach
Friday Night Village Performance
Friday Night Village Performance
Friday Night Village Performance
Friday Night Village Performance
Friday Night Village Performance
Friday Night Village Performance
Cape Manza
Cape Manza
Cape Manza Elephant Trunk
Cape Manza Elephant Trunk
Meoto Iwa - Wedded Rocks
Meoto Iwa - Wedded Rocks
Drink Vending Machines
Drink Vending Machines
Okinawa Tree Lizard (Sakishima)
Okinawa Tree Lizard (Sakishima)
Sugar Cane (back)
Sugar Cane (back)
Chatan Night View
Chatan Night View
Chatan Ferris Wheel
Chatan Ferris Wheel
Chatan Wind Turbine
Chatan Wind Turbine
Lizard (?)
Lizard (?)
Farming
Farming
Green!
Green!
East Coast Beach
East Coast Beach
South Coast - NOT Beach!
South Coast - NOT Beach!
Surf's (not) UP!
Surf's (not) UP!
Japan Coast Guard - Port of Naha
Japan Coast Guard - Port of Naha
THE BEER OF BEERS!
THE BEER OF BEERS!
YOU DREAM SPACE
YOU DREAM SPACE
Kyan Misaki Enchi (Cape Kyan)
Kyan Misaki Enchi (Cape Kyan)
Kyan Misaki (Cape Kyan)
Kyan Misaki (Cape Kyan)
Lighthouse at Kyan Misaki (Cape Kyan)
Lighthouse at Kyan Misaki (Cape Kyan)
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Fukushu-En Garden
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Dried Tuna Filets
Dried Tuna Filets
Habu Snake in Awamori Sake
Habu Snake in Awamori Sake
Square Persimmons
Square Persimmons
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Kokusai Dori (International Street) 国際通り Market Area
Overhead Monorail - Naha
Overhead Monorail - Naha
Self-policing Parking Meters
Self-policing Parking Meters
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Shurijo (Shuri Castle)
Shurijo (Shuri Castle)
Shurei-mon Gate of Shurijo
Shurei-mon Gate of Shurijo
Katsuren-j 勝連城跡 (Katsuren Castle)
Katsuren-j 勝連城跡 (Katsuren Castle)
Katsuren-j (Katsuren Castle)
Katsuren-j (Katsuren Castle)
Katsuren-j (Katsuren Castle)
Katsuren-j (Katsuren Castle)
Katsuren-j (Katsuren Castle)
Katsuren-j (Katsuren Castle)
View looking south from Katsuren-j (Katsuren Castle)
View looking south from Katsuren-j (Katsuren Castle)
View looking east from Katsuren-j (Katsuren Castle)
View looking east from Katsuren-j (Katsuren Castle)
Naha City Traffic
Naha City Traffic
Shisa (Lion Dog) Car Barrier
Shisa (Lion Dog) Car Barrier
Bridge from Miyagi Island to Ikei Island
Bridge from Miyagi Island to Ikei Island
Lanterns
Lanterns
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Naritasan Fukusenji Temple
Cape Hedo Sunset
Cape Hedo Sunset
View from The Yuinchi Hotel Nanjo overlooking Sashiki
View from The Yuinchi Hotel Nanjo overlooking Sashiki
Sugar Cane Fields - Sashiki City
Sugar Cane Fields - Sashiki City
Royal Garden Hotel ロイヤルガーデンリゾート
Royal Garden Hotel ロイヤルガーデンリゾート
Coal/Oil Fired Electric Power Plants
Coal/Oil Fired Electric Power Plants
Onna Village
Onna Village
Okinawa Prefecture Assembly Building 沖縄県議会事務局
Okinawa Prefecture Assembly Building 沖縄県議会事務局