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Okinawa, Japan - 23rd October 2008

By: JaymeC

Today we went to a place called the Shinikean Gardens. It was very beautiful! Its been inscribed by the World Heritage Organization as an important historic spot. It was the Imperial Gardens for the Ryukyu Kingdom back before Okinawa became a part of Japan.
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The first thing we saw when we went in was the guard house.
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Then we had to walk down a little pathway through a forest.
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Where we had to pause to examine a snail.
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After that we got our first view of the rest home here, it was quite large for that time in history.
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Unfortunately there wasn't much to see inside besides the set up of the home, but we took a few pictures anyways.
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Looking outside you could see the beautiful water, and a rock bridge.
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There was also another small rest house.
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This picture is quite funny in a way. Okinawa is quite a small island! However, the Ryukyu Kings did not want their adversaries to know how small it was, so when they came to visit they brought them to this place to show them the outlay of the land and how large it was. Its one of the very few spots on Okinawa where you can see no water! I haven't seen another spot on Okinawa up high where you can't see water actually.
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Khetiwe

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