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Nakijin Gusuku

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 25 September 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

While in Okinawa, we spent some time exploring the historic World Heritage site of a great old Ryukyuan castle or fortress, construction began in the 13th century and was completed in the 15th century - Nakijin Gusuku.

What beautiful and spacious grounds it contains! I'll be posting a few more shots of this wonderful castle/fortress throughout the rest of this week.

What you see here looks like an open field. But those little posts all over sort of mark places where smaller homes for nobility used to stand (inside the castle's safe stone walls). The body of water you can see in the mid-background is a part of the East China Sea.

NIKON D80 1/125 second F/22.0 ISO 200 12 mm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

What a lovely image of this expansive view toward the sea; the wall leads us right to it. The markers looked like grave stones before reading your text. The links are helpful in understanding what we are looking at, especially the second one. The imaginary drawing shows how large this area is. Thank you for my morning education!

25 Sep 2013 10:52am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld (Old West Wales Boy), Germany

an amazing sight.

25 Sep 2013 11:22am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful view of what was once a thriving city! Nicely captured Glenn! ;-)

25 Sep 2013 1:57pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful! The castles are fascinating.

25 Sep 2013 11:57pm

1/125 second
ISO 200
12 mm