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On the Steps of Shuri Castle

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 10 November 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Leading up to the castle, which is a reconstruction of the palace of the former Ryukyu kingdom.

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Neat shot. I love the Japanese castles; the old ones that is. I saw the four national treasure castles while I was there. But there is something nice about them all. A bit of wall or the foundation stones are usually old.

10 Nov 2008 5:22am

@Steve Rice: Thanks Steve, yes they are great places to visit aren't they?

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Very impressive, I love this architecture, and the stairs as well, it makes you feel like your climbing along with the people, good one Daryl :)

10 Nov 2008 6:52am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine!

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

The long climb to the top, good shot Daryl.

10 Nov 2008 7:22am

@Observing: Cheers Mike!

standley from Carquefou, France

Very nice perspective on these people climbing the stairs. I like the the slight backlighting!

10 Nov 2008 8:24am

@standley: Cheers standley!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Such fascinating and beautiful architecture. Those steps are quite impressive.

10 Nov 2008 11:51am

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie!

Hikari from Kumamoto, Japan

It´s funny that the oldest buildings in Japan are made of stones , I think I haven´t seen any house made of it!
Nice perspective!

10 Nov 2008 12:12pm

@Hikari: That's true! Don't know the historical reasons - something to do with expense do you think... stone is the most expensive and impressive? Or for defence reasons?

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Well, everywhere I've been in Europe, the castles are made of stone. I'd guess it was a matter of security.

11 Nov 2008 12:31am

@Twelvebit: Makes sense Twelvebit.

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

I like the harshness of the contrast here, accentuating the hard work of climbing those steps, and the antiquity of the masonry.

16 Nov 2008 4:36am

@Damon Schreiber: Thanks Damon!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice perspective from down the stairs looking up the gate. Old and nice architecture.

17 Nov 2008 12:23am

@akarui: Cheers Olivier!