“Until that Someday” sixth-grade artist vividly depicts Shuri Castle

“Until that Someday” sixth-grade artist vividly depicts Shuri Castle

“Until that Someday” by Chihiro Yagyu.

August 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

An illustration of Shuri Castle created by a 6th grader in Nishinomiya, Hyogo has been eliciting great responses on social networking sites. The artist, Chihiro Yagyu, drew the piece hoping for the reconstruction of Shuri Castle, which burned down on October 31, 2019. The vibrantly colored piece will be used as the endpaper of the 2021 Okinawa Techo planner, issued by Okinawa Techo (located in Okinawa City). Yagyu says, “I poured my hope that people who saw the drawing would feel at least a little bit happier into the piece. I want to go see beautiful Shuri Castle when it is rebuilt.”

Yagyu has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). When he was 9, he began drawing using Copic sketch markers. In the 2019 Copic Award, an international contest, he won the Future Generation Art Prize.

Chihiro Yagyu

According to Nao Yagyu, Chihiro’s father, his son was shocked last October when he saw Shuri Castle burning on the news. That inspired Chihiro to draw the piece; beautifully symmetric with bright red roof tiles. Chihiro looked up the history of Shuri Castle before he began drawing. The piece was completed in December and he titled it “Until that Someday,” hoping for the castle’s reconstruction.

After posting the piece on a social networking site, Nao received comment after comment from people moved by the piece. “I feel like this piece will bolster my spirits until Shuri Castle is back to its beautiful self,” said one.

The Okinawa Techo planner in which the artwork will be used will go on sale on October 1. Chihiro Yagyu’s artwork is posted on the Twitter account nao-yagyu.

(English translation by T&CT and Ellen Huntley)

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