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Shurijo commemorates heritage with Mid-Autumn Celebration

Date Posted: 2010-09-15

Okinawa’s premier historical landmark, Shurijo Castle Park, is commemorating the 10th anniversary of being chosen a World Heritage site with a two-day Mid-Autumn celebration on the Naha castle grounds.

Shurijo Castle is key to Okinawa’s history, a rich history recognized by the World Heritage organization under its Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu. The recognition incorporates certified performers with superb mastery of the island kingdom’s intangible cultural heritage of Ryukyu dance and musical drama.

The events both Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. ~ 9 p.m. are free in the Una Forecourt. Saturday’s highlight includes music and dance performed by living national treasures. Solo musical performances will be provided by Masao Shimabukuro and Choichi Terukina, as well as dance by Noho Miyagi.

The visual effects of Shurijo Castle Park are spectacular, with visitos able to appreciate the grandeur of the illuminated Seiden State Hall from the festival location in the Una Forecourt. The view from the Western Observatory provides a spectacular and breathtaking evening view of Naha City’s lights.

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