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PHOTO ESSAY: TOP FIVE CASTLES IN OKINAWA, JAPAN
If it’s World Heritage Sites you’re into and want to rack up a score in a hurry, visit the island of Okinawa, you can add five to your score in a weekend.
Okinawa, Japan was once an independent group of islands known as the Ryukyu Kingdom and kings built castles just like Wal-Mart builds shopping centers today. There are around 300 castle ruins, remnants of the 12th through 15th Century castle boom, scattered throughout the Ryukyu chain.
The largest castles were severely damaged or destroyed during World War II and over the past thirty years tremendous efforts have been put forth in restoring them to their original condition. Designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the year 2000, they are well maintained and contain a wealth of information for anyone interested in architecture, history, artifacts, photography, culture or just plain-old sightseeing.
Visit all five castles in a weekend or spend a whole week and enjoy the beaches and island culture as well.
Photography Tips for Festivals
Here are five of the tricks I use all summer long to capture the action at festivals.
The Shinugu Matsuri in Okinawa
Matsuri is a word that means “Festival” in Japanese. Make plans to bring your own lunch and maybe a tent if you want to see this event.
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