“Above the Waves Shrine” Naminoue-gu Shrine | Okinawa

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Last weekend we said Eden could pick what our family adventure would be that day, that it could be anything at all!

Cleaning your body & mind before visiting main shrine ; one thing I loved about this shrine is they had instructions on the correct way to do things!

Cleaning your body & mind before visiting main shrine ; one thing I loved about this shrine is they had instructions on the correct way to do things!

Her reply “visit a temple”.

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Eden has always been taken with shrines and temples (although I just realized she probably doesn’t know the difference between them, do you?!) but since returning from our Vietnam & Cambodia trip her interest has been heightened, as has Clio’s.

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The girls are often found making temples out of blankets & pillows and Clio constantly wants us to draw them for her, I have probably already told you all this but I can not express how much both girls love temples (and shrines!).

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Wanting to go somewhere new we settled on visiting Naminoue-gu Shrine in Naha which literally means above the waves shrine.

Clio's latest fashion trend is wearing tights and odd shoes!

Clio’s latest fashion trend is wearing tights and mismatched shoes!

Perched up on a hill the shrine overlooks Naminoue Beach and the East China Sea, although I hadn’t realized the beach was there until our visit otherwise I would have packed a picnic lunch and our water stuff to make a day of it.

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In 1605 Naminoue became the top shrine of the Ryukyu Kingdom and was officially recorded as such and today still remains the main Shinto shrine for Okinawa.

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Unfortunately, like much of Okinawa, the shrine was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa and it wasn’t until the mid 50’s/early 60’s that a rebuild commenced.

again there were instructions on how to do things!

again there were instructions on how to do things!

Apparently every May (17th & 18th) the Nanmin Festival is held where for 2 days locals and tourists come together to celebrate.

trees got in my way of getting a photo of the shrine above the waves

trees got in my way of getting a photo of the shrine above the waves

I hadn’t heard of this festival until our visit but it is definitely one I will hope to make it to next year as it sounds like a great family day out with beach tug-o-war, Ryukyu Dancing and even a sumo tournament!

 

 

 

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17 responses to ““Above the Waves Shrine” Naminoue-gu Shrine | Okinawa

  1. My guess is that a shrine is to honor someone or something while a temple is a place of worship.
    By the way, I love Clio’s new fashion trend it makes me want her name for Christmas so we can pick out some fun tights!

    • Buddhism is practiced in a temple whilst Shinto in a shrine! There are also some visible differences….you always walk through a torri gate at a shrine, and have a water purification station and a pair of shisa on guard. At a temple there will always be a image of Buddha and a large incense burner out the front.

  2. I have a picture of my kids in that head thing (I forget the Japanese name for them). We didn’t see it there though, but somewhere on the southern tip of the island. I do love that shrine though!

  3. Well I hope you will go to the festival next year! That shrine looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing about that, I didn’t know that so much was destroy in the Battle of Okinawa.

    • I didn’t see this comment! Yes I am totally going to try get to the festival next year, it is already written down so I wont forget!

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    • I think it’s easy to assume kids won’t enjoy the “non-kid” stuff I know I do but my kids often surprise me! today even I took them to an art museum and they loved it, especially my oldest (5) and I was totally blown away by her interpretations of the pieces!

  5. Your kids have fascinating interests indeed(: … it’s good they have a connect with these things at such a young age… and it’s fun too with shrine being on top of hills and beach near by… hope u go to the festival soon(:

    • I really hope we make it to the festival for sure! I have already written it in my calendar for next year!

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