Ryukyu culture

All about the SHISA Lions of Okinawa-the Stone Guardians of Japan

Off the shores of Kyushu (the third largest island of Japan), there are a number of volcanic islands flowing south-west towards Taiwan. These are named the Ryukyu Islands, also known as the Nansei Islands, but many people simply call them Okinawa because two thirds of them form the Okinawa prefecture of Japan. In the center…

Is Atlantis in the Japanese Archipelago?

We all know the legend of Atlantis: the fictional city that ends up submerging in the Atlantic Ocean. The story has captivated people for centuries, particularly since many would like to know what served as the inspiration behind Plato’s mythical city. For decades, scientist and archeologists have devoted time to researching whether Atlantis or the…

Shikinaen Royal Garden: The Beauty of the Ryukyu Royal Family’s Second Residence

The second residence of the Ryukyu Kings during the 18th century was a 42,000-square meter property known as Shikinaen Royal Garden. Its size was considered to be the largest of all secondary homes built during that time. It also became the place where high-ranking foreign officials were accommodated and entertained.   travel.qunar.com/ The Design of…