Shuri Castle is about 30 minutes from our house. It is in the middle of Naha (the capital city) and up quite a large hill. The view of the surrounding area of the castle is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I can't remember how many times it has been burned to the ground in time of war and then rebuilt again but it has been several.
We were fortunate enough to go to the castle on a day they were having a large celebration and had many cultural reenactments happening.
They had many performers, these being the sanshin group. The sanshin is a guitar/banjo looking instrument that sounds so distinctly "Japanese." I really love it. It has a very tranquil and calming sound to it.
This is a picture of the throne room.