Golden Dragons, auspicious clouds on the pillars in Shurijo Castle

Golden Dragons, auspicious clouds on the pillars in Shurijo Castle

On August 28, at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, craftsmen paint the pillars of the Seiden (State Hall) that visitors face to worship. (Photograph taken by Hiroaki Yamashiro.)


August 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Repair work on the pillars of the Seiden (State Hall) in Shurijo Castle, which began in February, has reached the final stage. The painting of golden dragons and auspicious clouds on the pillars by craftsmen began on August 26 and will end in early September. Four pillars called kouhaibashira are in the main building that visitors face to worship in the castle. The park has been repairing the two middle pillars that have begun to deteriorate.

They replaced one that is weakening by using Japanese cypress instead of the inumaki tree that was used originally. On August 28, the craftsmen painted the outlines for the scales of the golden dragons and the auspicious clouds.

Masayuki Isa, the head of the Shuri branch of the Okinawa Memorial Park office managing Shuri Castle, said, “The renewed pillars will be in place by the fall. We want many visitors to see the pillars repaired and looking good.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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