Under the powerful summer clouds, four women with umbrellas were crossing a small stone bridge. This is Shikinaen Garden in Naha. It is the largest villa of the Ryukyu royal family, and it is said that the feast for the accredited envoys visiting from China was also held here. The garden is now registered as a World Heritage Site as "Gusuku and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu."
The stone bridge in the photo is built over a pond in the center of the garden and is paved with Ryukyu limestone. The unique uneven limestone reminds me of the Taihu Stone that I often see in Chinese gardens, and at the same time reminds me that the Ryukyu Kingdom was once a separate kingdom from Japan.
|Aug 2007 OKINAWA PEOPLE|
|GARDEN NAHA QUARTET STONE BRIDGE UMBRELLA WORLD HERITAGE SITE|
August 21, 2007
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