Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project

Shuri Castle has been a symbol of culture for Ryukyu ever since the rise of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and it has been a source of pride for Okinawans. However, a fire broke out before dawn on October 31, 2019, destroying eight buildings including Seiden (main hall) of Shuri Castle. The dreadful image of Shuri Castle being destroyed in this fire left people all around the world with a great sense of loss.

Even though Ryukyu was a small country, it developed great relationships with neighboring countries by traveling to other countries by sea just like “going across bridges,” and flourished thanks to these great connections. This past is in fact the history of Ryukyu Kingdom. Ryukyu was indeed a “bridge between nations,” creating a unique path for development that is the symbol of Okinawan culture. Following the “Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project” established on December 26, 2019, Okinawa Prefectural Government is working hard to restore Shuri Castle, which has been damaged and restored many times throughout its history thanks to the united efforts of many people. In addition, in order to move forward the project to restore Ryukyu history, and culture as represented by Shuri Castle, the “Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project” is established to cooperate with the national government, Naha City, other related organizations, and many people including Okinawans.

Core Policy for the Project

Committee of experts discussion group for the Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project

The first session

Time 10:00 – 12:00 Tuesday, January 28, 2020 (Venue: Exhibition Room, 1st floor of Suimuikan)
Topics: 1.Utilizing Shuri Castle
2.Strategy to maintain people’s interest in the project
3.Others

2nd session

Time 13:00 – 16:00 Thursday, February 13, 2020 (Venue: Exhibition Room, 1st floor of Suimuikan)
Topics: 1.Target area of the restoration project
2.Restoration of Ryukyu culture
3.Traditional techniques
4.Others

3rd session

Time 13:00 – 16:00 Thursday, March 12, 2020 (Venue: Special training room, 8th floor, Local Government Training Center)
Topics: 1.Prompt restoration of Seiden (main hall) and opening to the public in stages
2.Restoration and gathering of cultural assets
3.Utilizing traditional techniques and passing them on to the next generations
4.Promoting Ryukyuan cultural renaissance
5.Creating a historical setting that centers around World Heritage Shuri Castle
6.Using Shuri Castle as a historical record and resource center
7.Others

4th session

Time 9:30 – 11:30 Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (Venue: Palace Court A, 2nd floor, Hotel Sun Palace Kyuyokan)
Topic: Tentative ideas for the Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project