Space that feels breath of Ryukyu Era
Around main shrine, there is observation deck "west azana" which can overlook the Naha city. In hoshimmon (hoshimmon), "opening of a gate" (ukejo) is carried out at the time of opening of a gate of every morning.
"Wide fortune" (happy) means, "we let fortune spread out". "The wide fortune gate" (happy thing) is called another name "long gate of a palace" (nagaujo) and is the fourth gate. Building itself has function of the gate, and this format is characteristic of castle gate of Shurijo Castle, too.
Door front is good place of view in castle, and pond and Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts of Ryutan Pond (ryutan) to project green of Hang Tang mountain on under my nose are seen. Outer gate of roof and Enkaku-ji Temple of Benzai sanctuary of God (bezaitendo) leads to the east and can view green of hill of tiger Seyama (it stops without taking) and valve ka take (bengadake) from a distance in the distance.
The foundation year is unclear. It was removed in last years of Meiji, and it was restored in 1992 (4, Heisei).
For the King prefecture era, "Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine seat" (jishaza) and government office called "large Yoza" (okumiza) that mediated fight over property of family with samurai antecedents which managed Shinto shrine Buddhist temple were placed in this building. It is used now in kembaishoto.
"shitakoregotei" (shichanuuna) is expression of Okinawa, and "lower garden" means.
It was reserve ground of various ceremonies performed in front of main shrine in open space before entering "garden" (una) with Shurijo Castle main shrine and, in the case of building works of main shrine, was used as material depots. It is used now in case such as events in castle.
A certain place of worship is called "Shuri forest Ontake" (suimuiutaki) just before castle wall. According to "Ryukyu genesis (kaibyaku) myth", it is said that it is sacred place where God was prepared into. In addition, it is said that ten places of worship called "jutake" (we cook) were in castle including here.
A lot of poetry about "Shuri forest Mitake" appear in collection of Ryukyu oldest songs "omorosaushi". It was restored in December in 1997 (9, Heisei).
Building in the west of "shitakoregotei" (shichanuuna) is building where government office called "genealogy seat" (keizuza) and "yobutsuza" (yomotsuza) was.
"Genealogy seat" is government office which managed article, material that government office which managed family tree of family with samurai antecedents, "yobutsuza" are the halls and use.
It is restored in 2000 and is used now as rest station and information bureau.
In watchtower stand built in the west of castle of about 130m above sea level, we can survey Kerama Islands on state of town and Naha Port of Naha and the distance horizon from here.
It was also known as another name "Shimazoe (we attach stripe) azana" and put up flag here in former times and it comprised bell and reported the time. It is out of castle and is the best place to view the inside of a castle.
The other side of stone wall of the "shitakoregotei" south side is place of the biggest faith ceremony in castle called "(in today) in Kyoto".
It was said to be Shurijo Castle birthplace, and buntokudaikun (hear you) and God women (dumplings) such as large amushirare located in the top of Ryukyu's original faith prayed to God for royal family prosperity, voyage security, rich harvest (body fertility) here.
It is the last gate entering "garden" (una) with Shurijo Castle main shrine in meaning called "the gate respecting God". Because record that stone railing (a cough elephant railing) was completed is in 1,562 years, there is the foundation before that. We repaired after the fashion of system of China for the next 1,754 years. Building was removed in last years of Meiji, but the appearance was restored in 1992 (4, Heisei). It is used now as facility for park management.
It is also known as another name "you pride gate of a palace" (you are proud cormorant fisherman). They went, and, in the left side (the north side), room, the right side (the south side) that handled the receipt and disbursement such as medicine, tea, cigarette in "Osamu" (do not pat) were used for at the time of ceremony of the inside of a castle for "you pride" (you dust).
The center is the gate which only people such as satsufushi (sapposhi) from the king and China with high limited social position can go along among three gates. Other government official entered a fortress from the gate of both sides.
"migiwakimon" (garden plant thing) entered from *jummon to Uchihara (Chiba and others to pursue) at the gate which knew from pleasant meeting gate (kankaimon), kyukeimon (kyukeimon) to see under eyes to *jummon (shukujummon) directly in former times. This gate is to the east from the pleasant meeting gate, and about 160 meters of stone pavement ways almost continue by straight line.
It is also known as another name "kinaigomon" (yosufichiujo), and the foundation is conveyed with the around 15th century. We were destroyed by fire by the Battle of Okinawa, but lower castle wall part was restored in 1992 (4, Heisei) by oar, and oar (tower) was restored in 2000 (12, Heisei).
Concerning route, it is used now as exit from garden (una).
"kyukeimon" (kyukeimon) is also known as another name "dust gate of a palace" (cormorant fisherman). It is said that woman used mainly here in the side gate whereas the pleasant meeting gate (kankaimon) is the front gate. The king had prayer (sankei) of temple and was the gate which we used when we made royal visit (gyokou) from Urasoe to district of north. The foundation was restored in 1477 through 1526 [Shin Sho monarchical age (shoshino)] and reason, 1983 (58, Showa).
We are consisting of relations of the regular route now exclusively for exit, but are the gate where people entered and leaved routinely in former times.
Yusui called "cold water Kawatoi River" (we do) is on the left of the gate. In addition, there is "dragon gutter" (ryuhi) which we looked at earlier on the left from here. In other words, in this neighborhood, rain which it rained in castle penetrates underground and is place coming out as spring again.
To the front where "tsugiyomon" (keiseimon) is built at the gate built in second enclosure, it is thought that here was the east gate of Shurijo Castle. Because it faced Akata communities of Shuri at first, it was also called "Akata gate of a palace" (akataujo). However, as tsugiyomon was built later, Shishi child has been placed in both sides of the gate as well as "the pleasant meeting gate" of the front gate, and it is said that it was called "Shiisa gate of a palace" (cormorant fisherman) as nickname afterwards.
"We lay and, at the gate of outer fence, alias say next gate of a palace" (cormorant fisherman). Two monuments are built on both sides of the gate, and, for Japanese pirates (let's be heated) which raged, purpose built in 1544 is written down.
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