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It was located on the small hill of Naha-shi Shuri, and Shurijo Castle was surrounded by castle wall representing curve, and there were many buildings in that. It was the headquarters of administration "King Shuri prefecture" of the Ryukyu kingdom rule and was proud of prosperity as center of King state politics, diplomacy, culture and was "the royal palace" where the king and the family lived in at the same time.
We encountered the fourth fire in three times, World War II for the Ryukyu kingdom era and accomplished the rebuilding each time. In 1992 (Heisei 4), main shrine of the times built from the rebuilding of 1715 to Ryukyu kingdom collapse was restored by model. It was built with Ryukyu's original style while adopting Japan and factor of China, and we were colored in Japan by cinnabar red that was bright as castle red alone and were a person unique elsewhere.
The reconstruction construction continued after the Shurijo Castle Park opening of the park of 1992, and many buildings and areas such as of Kyoto or study, kusarikorekan, gold palace were restored. By in-service start of Uchihara that was life space of the king in February, 2019 (Heisei 31), wrote time of 27 years from opening of the park and came to be able to see the whole aspect.
Many buildings and gates link the eaves, and Shurijo Castle is proud of beauty peculiar to Ryukyu and is existence to be able to be also known as symbol of Okinawa.
We introduce "Shurijo Castle of past days" while praying for the future rebuilding here.
Main shrine is central building of Shurijo Castle. The first-floor "lower chamber law of nature" (shichagui) was place where king oneself held politics and ceremony at wooden 3 stories mainly. The second-floor "great chamber law of nature" (ufugui) is place where the king and relative, court ladies hold ceremony, and the third floor is attic established for ventilation.
Garden is open space where various ceremonies were held through the year. Tile-formed what's called sen (we do not do: checkers) was spread in garden, but line of these different colors had role of mark that many officials lined up in order of rank in the case of ceremony.
We go, and the left side is "south palace" "guard station" the right side. "Guard station" was place that performed reception desk of people who visited main shrine or agency to the king, and "south palace" was used as mainly Japanese-style ceremony and reception place of Satsuma feudal clan.
As central administrative agency of King prefecture, a large number of public servants went in and out by daily life, and vigor was hall which there was in Shurijo Castle most. In addition, it was used as place that attended to messenger "satsufushi" (sapposhi) of the Chinese emperor. In addition, when Commodore Perry visited Shurijo Castle, party of welcome was held.
Study was building where the king performed everyday work, but might attend to Satsuma government official who was resident in satsufushi (sapposhi) and Naha invitation, here. It is waiting rooms such as princes, and kusarikorekan is said to have been facility which invites people of various positions, and talks.
In gusuku in Okinawa, it is the only garden confirmed as historical fact. We analyzed excavation and illustrated map material from 2002 (Heisei 14) and, after the minute construction supervision, opened to the public from August, 2008 (Heisei 20). Was appointed in natural beauty spot of country in July, 2009 (Heisei 21).
In building which linked Uchihara (life) space that was the depths to table (administration) space, we connected south palace and for the second floor of gold palace, and there was room called tin pull inside. In the case of business, bell was sounded, and agency position received business.
It is building where the king took a break between work, and there is garden in the south side of building. Break and garden admiration were used after the reconstruction as enacted place in 2014 (Heisei 26).
It is private garden where the king took break between work. Stalactite which became the main view of garden by excavation was excavated and used stone which we collected from stone and the prefecture that we excavated in Shurijo Castle mainly on this stalactite (we restore loss part) and released the return cause based on ancient map and Old photograph in 2014 (Heisei 26).
Golden palace is building which can say that it is private space of the king and queen, King mother. It was connected to main shrine, the second floor palace, attendant crew room by the second-floor part. In addition, living room and bedroom, garden are on the second floor, and hidariwakimon (alias: dark Shin the gate) is on the first floor. It was used after the reconstruction exhibition as exhibition room in 2014 (Heisei 26).
There is gate built between the main gate and the main house of the palace-styled architecture in the Fujiwara period going in and out of Uchihara at the east end of building at place that cooked everyday meal of the king and the family.
Palace on the second floor was used as daily living room of the king. In the north side, two-storied house, the south side become one-story house to the topography with step, the inside on the second floor with tokonoma and staggered shelves (is difference) study-style; make.
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