Castle Hunting

Monday, July 23, 2012

{Mmm fresh fruit ice cream. Shikuwasa for me (it's like lime) & strawberry banana for Cam}
{aaand mango for us to share (: }
We spent all day Saturday at Shuri Castle in Naha and at Katsuren Castle Ruins on the Eastern White Beach Peninsula, which I'll post next.  {I would now but I need to start making dinner!} 
It was an awesome day exploring Okinawa's fascinating history... and ended like so many Saturday nights do, on a date at our favorite neighborhood sushi restaurant.  Yes, Saturday was a great day.

Okinawa was once divided into separate warring kingdoms, which is why there are so many castle ruins on such a small island. In the 14th Century, Shuri became the King's seat & royal court after Oki was unified, long before it was part of Japan. For 450 years, it was called the Ryukyu Kingdom.

We walked barefoot through all the halls and tatami mat rooms, and to the King's elaborate throne in the main hall, which was barely high enough to fit Cam, but so incredibly impressive.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

32 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos...as usual. Can I be that super annoying commenter and ask you what lens you're using? I'm contemplating an addition to my repertoire....of two. It's a big step, you know.

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  2. um, where is your bag from? i'm drooling in lust over here!

    beautiful photos!

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  3. Photos are beautiful- but I want some of that mango ice cream like....right now! YUM!!

    xo Kayla

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  4. So on your castle hunt, did you find me one to move into for when I reloate there!!!!!! Just sayin'. These are just things you need to be thinking about, mmmmkay???? :)

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  5. Anonymous23.7.12

    beautiful pictures and yummy looking ice cream! miss you!! ~lanneybear

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  6. wow- what amazing history and lovely photos!

    and that ice cream?! give. me. now. please.

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  7. LOVE this! we did not go castle hunting this weekend (which I suppose would really only lead us to hearst castle, haha) but we did eat ice cream (coconut for me!). love the beauty~ love Katie

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  8. gosh this is GORGEOUS! and youre learning so much about the history of the world- how cool!

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  9. OMG! Your pics are amazing. They belong in a magazine :)

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  10. what a cute castle! and the icecream looks delicious!

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  11. Nicole, it's from my fave shop out here.. I'll stop in there this week and see if they have another for you! (:

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  12. These pictures make me dearly miss Japan! Beautiful castle, I love how their castles are so colorful (as opposed to the typical gray of European countries).

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  13. I agree with Nicole...absolutely adore that bag!!

    It's amazing how different castles look over there. Love it.

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