Residents decorate Nakagusuku castle ruins with fourteen shisa

Residents decorate Nakagusuku castle ruins with fourteen shisa

The association of landscaping with shisa placing shisa statues in front of the Nakagusuku castle ruins


April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The association of landscaping with shisa placed fourteen shisa in front of the Nakagusuku castle ruins on March 29. This is the fourth project in which they have placed shisa statues after the Adaniya intersection, the Ogido old bus stop, and the Nakagusuku Kitanakagusuku fire station. The shisa statues are placed along the Adaniya intersection towards the Nakagusuku castle ruins, which are designated as World Heritage.

The project was done through a villagers’ participatory support system, and the group of shisa statues are named “Gosamaru shisa” in memory of the lord of the Nakagusuku castle. Fourteen members of the association took half a year to complete the shisa statues.

The leader of the association, Hanasaki, is motivated towards the group’s future activities. He said, “as an association we aim to improve the landscape of our village with shisa. If there are any requests to place more shisa, we would like to make them for anywhere in the village. We hope we can contribute to building our cultural Kitanakagusuku village.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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