Last weekend we said Eden could pick what our family adventure would be that day, that it could be anything at all!
Her reply “visit a temple”.
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.
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!).
Wanting to go somewhere new we settled on visiting Naminoue-gu Shrine in Naha which literally means above the waves shrine.
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.
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.
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.
Apparently every May (17th & 18th) the Nanmin Festival is held where for 2 days locals and tourists come together to celebrate.
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!