Ryukyu Culture Site of the Month
Zakimi Castle - The ruins are an excellent display of fine masonry work from the early
part of the 15th century. The castle was build by Gosamaru, who was a legendary
warrior that played an important role in uniting the many waring kingdom of Okinawa
and the other islands under one rule. As payment for his loyalty and bravery during
the fight to unite Okinawa, Gosamaru was declared Lord of Zakimi Castle, where he
kept a watchful eye on warlords to the North. Zakimi became the center of Yuntanza
and also one of the finest castle in Okinawa.
According to Okinawa legend, Gosamaru is said to have had the stones from his
former castle in Yamada moved one by one to Zakimi by forming a human chain of
workers. Gosamaru's reputation as a fine castle builder continued after he departed
Zakimi and build yet another castle at Nakagusuku in order to be closer to the king.
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