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Festival begins at Okinawa's Shuri Castle on 1st anniversary of massive fire

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Please rebuild it with a modern fire repression system. My family and I enjoyed our holiday visit to it in 2009 and we would like to see it restored.

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Ryukyu Kingdom was closer to China than Japan.

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Ryukyu Kingdom was closer to China than Japan.

It was conquered by Satsuma in 1609 and was a vassal state of that province until the 19th century. It maintained vassal status for trade purposes with China, but was much more directly integrated with Japan pretty much throughout its history.

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