Sad news from Okinawa: Shuri Castle, once the heart of Okinawa's Ryukyu Kingdom, destroyed in fire | The Japan Times I'm surprised that this hasn't been discussed here yet. I was quite impressed with Shuri Castle when I visited Okinawa about 10 years ago. Although the original castle was destroyed in WWII, the most recent Shuri Castle had deep cultural and historical significance. Especially for martial artists. I hope that they can rebuild again. My Karate instructor is on his way to Okinawa for his first time. Literally in the air at this moment. He planned this trip back in June. It's unfortunate that he will not be able to see it.