Tsuwabuki Festival runs until Jan. 20 at Nakagusuku Castle

Nakagusuku Castle ruins five the background to the Tsuwabuki Festival.

The ruins of Nakagusuku Castle are well known in Japanese history as the famous location for Tsuwabuki a.k.a. the Japanese leopard plant in Okinawa Prefecture.

The yellow flowers of tsuwabuki are now shining in all their glory inside the castle, located in the open space of the third district of Kitanakagusuku Village.  The Tsuwabuki Festival sets the special air around the castle ruins that set the stage for some Okinawan folk entertainment during the festival.

Tsuwabuki flowers blossom at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins Park.

Equally important, the festival is an opportunity to appreciate the building-blocks technology of the ruins of Nakagusuku Castle.  The castle site is open daily 9:30 a.m. ~ 4 p.m. through January 20th.  Admission is ¥300 for adults, ¥200 for high school and junior high school students, and ¥100 for elementary school students.