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Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It consists of hundreds of small islands forming the Ryukyu archipelago. The main island is also called Okinawa. The administrative center of the Prefecture is the city of Naha. A monorail train runs from the airport to Shuri Castle. The line runs...
In the photo, there’s a stone gate Sonohyan-utaki, an object of the UNESCO cultural heritage. Behind, there’s a sacred place where the prayer ceremonies were held before leaving the King outside the castle. The gate is made of coral limestone and show a laying of that time. It was open only for the...
Kokusai Dori, the main street of the city, runs from the center to the east. There are many shops, restaurants and cafes, hotels, department stores, souvenir shops and even a market. The street starts near the station monorail Kencho-mae, and ends a little further of Makishi Station. In the photo...
Although the island has many different attractions, there is something to see outside the capital. On the third day, I decided to go somewhere else. Having explored the sights, I chose to visit the Nakamura House. Along the way, you can see something more interesting. The way promised to be uneasy...
The Ryukyu Kingdom existed on the territory of Okinawa from the 4th century. The ruler had the title of Wang and was considered a vassal of the Chinese emperor. In 1609, the state was conquered by the Japanese. Formally, they have maintained the independence of the Ryukyus, but placed his deputy in...
Okinawa has five famous castles: Shuri, Katsura, Nakagusuku, Nakijin, and Tamagusuku. The first one is located in Naha, the rest are scattered around the island. Nakagusuku is the oldest castle. It is said that its construction lasted for about 1,000 years. It is believed that the castle was built...
In spring of 1945, the United States conducted a military operation Iceberg, better known as the "Battle of Okinawa". The island was badly damaged and was demolished almost to the ground. More than a third of the population of Okinawa and a hundred thousand Japanese troop died during 82 days. The...