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XxXotic
05-27-2008, 06:42 PM
The wife had off on Friday (4 day weekend due to memorial day) so we finally went to Shuri Castle, we'd been wanting to go forever but always wound up doing other things. A lot of it was closed off (renovations) and there were a few sections where pictures were not allowed too so we couldn't get pics of a lot of the really cool shit

main gate
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri1.jpg
second gate
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri2.jpg
some door back to the stream (in later pics)
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri3.jpg
sign
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri4.jpg
second gate again
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri5.jpg

XxXotic
05-27-2008, 06:43 PM
third gate
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri6.jpg
some signs
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri7.jpg
looking back @ gate 2
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri8.jpg
the city beyond the castle walls
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri9.jpg
main entrance and some japanese schoolkids
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri10.jpg

XxXotic
05-27-2008, 06:46 PM
parts of the castle
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri11.jpg
ancient sun-dial
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri12.jpg
main hall, the stripes on the ground are where the soldiers used to line up (by rank) for ceremonial stuff. The center aisle was only walked by emperors, kings and dignitaries
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri13.jpg
sign explaining the courtyard
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri14.jpg
some inside stuff
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri16.jpg

MP
05-27-2008, 06:46 PM
I so need to get out more :(

XxXotic
05-27-2008, 06:47 PM
the original walls of the city hall (below the castle)
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri17.jpg
throne
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri19.jpg
throne again
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri20.jpg
above throne. i think it says kill whitey
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri21.jpg

XxXotic
05-27-2008, 06:51 PM
I so need to get out more :(dude i'm telling you, come to japan for a few weeks. I got you homey!

ryukyu kings crown
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri22.jpg
seal of the ryukyu king
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri23.jpg
side view of throne
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri24.jpg
scale model of emperor appointing a king
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri25.jpg
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri26.jpg
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri30.jpg

KRM
05-27-2008, 06:51 PM
Ok you suck for teasing me with these great pics. I've informed GW Bush that japan has been holding out on oil again. You're fucked and now I feel better about not being there:)

XxXotic
05-27-2008, 06:52 PM
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri27.jpg
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri28.jpg
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri29.jpg

another gate
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri31.jpg
castle walls
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri32.jpg
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri33.jpg

Mr. Goat
05-27-2008, 06:53 PM
Id like to see the forbidden city in china :)

Mr. Goat
05-27-2008, 06:53 PM
also very cool pics man... looks like the best place you have seen so far ;)

XxXotic
05-27-2008, 06:54 PM
Ok you suck for teasing me with these great pics. I've informed GW Bush that japan has been holding out on oil again. You're fucked and now I feel better about not being there:)come visit!

place for worshipping buddah
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri34.jpg
killer ducks (explanation later)
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri35.jpg
large fish
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri36.jpg
2 large fish
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri37.jpg
kamikaze ducks again
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri38.jpg

XxXotic
05-27-2008, 06:57 PM
also very cool pics man... looks like the best place you have seen so far ;)it was actually really disappointing. cool place yeah but all the maps and brochures for the place make it seem 500x bigger and it was actually pretty small. kind of a let down

funny sign, drowning may cause crying
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri39.jpg
duck gettin close
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri41.jpg
the aqueduct that brought water to the castle
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri42.jpg
you can see a duck coming towards me in pic, was a lil yellow duckling that followed us everywhere we went
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri43.jpg
turtle for ppk :D
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri45.jpg

crockett
05-27-2008, 06:58 PM
Cool pics.. so I see you live in Japan, so I have to wonder o all the girls wear short little skirts.. :cookiem:

XxXotic
05-27-2008, 06:59 PM
ducklings, see momma in the corner? she chased us everywhere
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri46.jpg
get away from my babies!
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri47.jpg
tree roots growing on a wall
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri48.jpg
and again
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri49.jpg
tunnel through wall
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri54.jpg

XxXotic
05-27-2008, 07:02 PM
Cool pics.. so I see you live in Japan, so I have to wonder o all the girls wear short little skirts.. :cookiem:when they're in their school uniforms yeah, when they're not they wear short shorts and those furry fucking boots. fashion here is weird to say the least

when animals attack
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri55.jpg
she was literally like 6 inches from the camera
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri56.jpg
worship buddha place again
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri57.jpg
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri58.jpg
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri59.jpg
another temple on other side
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri60.jpg
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri61.jpg

XxXotic
05-27-2008, 07:04 PM
temple again, from back
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri62.jpg
outside castle
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri64.jpg
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri66.jpg
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri67.jpg
gotta love the "old people" part of the sign :lol1:
http://www.chrisandjenpatton.com/galleries/japan/10/resize/shuri68.jpg

hope you enjoyed

DarkWeb
05-27-2008, 07:30 PM
Awesome pics

PMC
05-27-2008, 09:51 PM
awesome pics man, thanks for sharing, always wanted to go to japan

Angel
05-27-2008, 10:36 PM
Awesome pics, love that little Asian boy in the first one lol

vegas
05-27-2008, 10:38 PM
I so need to get out more :(


Every travel to the East?

vegas
05-27-2008, 10:39 PM
Nice pictures.. I love that deep water sign

Dee-ii
05-27-2008, 10:47 PM
Oh my, threads like this I could look at all day. I hope to one day travel that way.

sexytgp
05-28-2008, 12:23 AM
nice pics

Seven888
05-28-2008, 04:26 AM
Very cool looking pics

voanoa
05-28-2008, 04:33 AM
Looking really amazing man, i like it.

Tim
05-28-2008, 07:17 AM
Great pics!

Ashley
05-28-2008, 08:23 AM
Awesome pics, thanks for sharing

goldbucks
05-28-2008, 02:53 PM
Awesome looking pics

RaVagE
05-28-2008, 03:59 PM
Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing XxXotic

lazzlo
05-28-2008, 05:07 PM
wicked pics as usual! i just travel through your lens!

massive-x
05-28-2008, 05:14 PM
awesome pics xxotic I must go visit Japan some day!

carol.prime
05-28-2008, 05:29 PM
Great pics! thanks for sharing. :)

papillon
05-28-2008, 07:15 PM
how old is that castle man?

XxXotic
05-28-2008, 07:20 PM
how old is that castle man?The inner area was complete in the early 15th century and the outer area, in the mid-16th Century. The entire castle faces west, with the Seiden and other structures aligned along history of exchanges with China and Japan influenced many aspects of Shurijo Castle structure. Such influences are exemplified by the Seiden, Nanden, and the Hokuden.

Shurijo Castle was both the royal residence for the king and his family and the administrative center of the Shurijo Royal Government. It also served as a religious center to administer the rituals performed by the cultural and artistic activities, with many musicians, dancers, artisans and craftsmen active in the castle area.

In the spring of 1879, the king was exiled from Shurijo Castle, and Okinawa Prefecture was established. Shurijo Castle then became the military headquarters of the Japanese troops and served as school buildings. Although extensively renovated during the 1930's, the castle was razed in 1945 by US military raids. Following the war, the grounds served as the campus for the University of the Ryukyus. When the university was relocated, the Castle was restored to its present condition.

The present Shurijo Castle is modeled after the 18th Century facility.

http://oki-park.jp/shurijo-park/english/about/about-1.html