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Shuri Castle and the deep sorrow of losing one's history

Building was embodiment of Ryukyu history and a gateway to Asia

Shuri Castle dates back to the late 14th century.    © NOBUAKI SUMIDA/SEBUN PHOTO/ananaimages

The phone rang early Thursday morning. The caller was a relative who sounded like they were in shock, barely able to choke out the words.

"Shuri Castle is burning," they said.

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