Okinawa: The Reconstruction of Shuri Castle

Japanology Plus

28m 00s
Broadcast on July 21, 2022 Available until March 31, 2025

*First broadcast on July 21, 2022.
Okinawa Prefecture is a group of subtropical islands in the far south of Japan. It was previously a prosperous maritime trading state called the Ryukyu Kingdom. In the second of 2 episodes about Okinawa, we focus on the kingdom's political and cultural hub: Shuri Castle. Our guest, historian Takara Kurayoshi, talks about working on the castle's reconstruction, and shares how he felt in 2019, when a devastating fire burned it to the ground. He also tells us about the forthcoming reconstruction project.

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