Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

People wearing gorgeous costumes walked through a street near Shurijo Castle Park as part of the Ryukyu Dynasty procession on November 3.


November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An old procession from the days of Ryukyu dynasty was held in and around the Shuri-jo Castle Park on January 3, the last day of the 2015 Shuri Castle Festival.

About 250 people dressed in old traditional costumes, with two people playing the roles of king and queen. They walked through streets near Ryu-tan Pond from the royal garden and Shureimon gate.

The event is held annually and is an opportunity to pray for peace and security and a rich harvest.

Fumikazu Tokuyama, who was born in Okinawa, came to see the festival with his wife Michiyo from Tokyo. He said, “I was lucky to see the festival during my homecoming. It was good to be able to imagine the old days of the Ryukyu.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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