Castle ruins and my favourite izakaya in Okinawa 沖繩城堡和我最喜愛的居酒屋
Last time I mentioned two other castles in Okinawa, the Shurijo Castle near Naha, and the Nakijin Castle remains near the Churaumi Aquarium. Let’s go there today!
Shurijo Castle is the most famous and intact castle in Okinawa, its also very close to the centre and is accessible by public transport so attracts a lot of visitors.
On my trip there, there was some sort of celebration going on, and since I’m the type of traveller who doesn’t do any research beforehand (nor afterwards in this case), I had no idea what was happening. Anyway, there were a group of people there, some had drums and others were balancing a massive pole using their belt as a support. I could tell it wasn’t easy, so hats off to the guys for a fantastic performance.
After the celebration, I wandered around the castle for a while, Being in the center there wasn’t much view so to speak, so I left quite soon.
Nakijin Castle remains on the other hand was located up on the hills, and has a magnificent view. It was built around the 13th century and is a World Heritage site.
There are no buildings left on the site now as they’ve all been destroyed by the wars over the years. Those markers on the ground represents where dwellings would have been back in the days.
What remains of the castle is just a 1.5m km wall that runs around the site. From this direction, you can see the East China Sea. If you keep going straight ahead for another 800 km, you will eventually get to Shanghai. To get to Tokyo from Okinawa you have to travel 1500km!
現在剩下來只有一道 1.5公里長的圍牆。從這邊看是南中國海。一直往前走800公里就可以到上海。但從沖繩去東京卻要走 1500公里噢！
Apparently, if you come at the right time of the year, you get a great cherry blossom viewing, though of course I had no such luck. All I saw was what’s left of this stunning fortress, so I’m not complaining.
I’m going to leave you with my absolute most favourite restaurant in Okinawa. I have written about this in the past, but I think it deserves another mention because its so good.
There is no English of even Chinese menu here, and everything is written on the board. Since Japanese use Kanji (Chinese characters) in their language I could guess some of the dishes but had no idea what some of the ingredients were or how it was cooked. For example, the first item on the menu below says ‘since the beginning of the business’ so if something has been on the menu since day 1, I figure its got to be good.
居酒屋沒有中英文餐牌，所有菜式都是寫在牆壁上。 我從一些漢字中，約略猜到一些菜式，但實際怎樣煮用什麼材料就完全沒有頭緒。 例如餐牌上第一項寫上”創業以來”， 意思應該是從開店那一天已有這道菜式吧。不用多想馬上點。
And here it is. It turns out its braised pork knuckle, looks simple but that’s the beauty of it. A simple dish that stands the test of time.
So all night long, I just looked left, right and center picking out random things from the menu.
My verdict? Nothing disappointed me at all. My evening was full of little surprises that’s why its my most favourite restaurant.
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