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Fire burns structures in Japan’s Historical Shuri Castle

Firefighters were fighting the blaze a couple of hours after the fire began early Thursday and neighboring residents were evacuated to safer places, Okinawa police spokesman Ryo Kochi explained.

The flame Naha, the prefectural capital of Okinawa, began in the castle’s most important structure. The primary Seiden temple along with a Hokuden construction, or northwest temple, has burnt down. A third principle construction Nandensouth or southwest temple was burnt down afterward.

Nobody was hurt. The reason for the fire wasn’t immediately known.

A fire department official in protective equipment told reporters at a televised interview by the scene the flame has been reported by private security firm that recognized the alert. The fire that began near the primary hall then immediately jumped into another important building.

Many residents accumulated and looked on by a hillside street, where a lot of individuals quietly took photographs to catch what is left of the castle until it is lost. Some people were yelling.

“I feel like we’ve lost our emblem,” explained Naha mayor Mikiko Shiroma, who headed a crisis response group. “I am shocked.” Shiroma pledged to do whatever she could to conserve what’s stayed off the castle.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told me the central authorities will also do the extreme for the renovation of this castle, which stands on a federal park.

Kurayoshi Takara, a historian in Univerisity of the Ryukyus who helped rebuild the Shuri Castle, stated that he was speechless when he watched the spectacle. He told NHK the castle renovation was a symbolic event for the Okinawans to reestablish his or her background and Ryukyu heritage dropped throughout the war.

“I can’t accept this as a fact,” Takara said. “It’s taken over 30 decades and it was a matter of knowledge and effort of several men and women. Shuri Castle isn’t only about buildings but it explored all of the details, even adding gear indoors.”

The early castle is a sign of Okinawa’s cultural heritage in the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom that spanned roughly 450 years from 1429 before 1879 once the island was annexed by Japan.

The castle can also be a sign of Okinawa’s battle and attempt to recuperate from World War II.