An aerial picture of the destroyed Shuri Castle after a fire ripped through the historic site in Naha, southern Okinawa prefecture, Japan. Photo: AFP
An aerial picture of the destroyed Shuri Castle after a fire ripped through the historic site in Naha, southern Okinawa prefecture, Japan. Photo: AFP
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Fire destroys 600-year-old Shuri Castle complex in Japan, as locals mourn ‘symbol of Okinawa’

  • Over 100 firefighters battled a blaze that broke out overnight at the historic site’s main temple and spread quickly to other structures
  • Site is key part of complex dating back to Ryukyu Kingdom, and is believed to have been in use from around the 1400s

An aerial picture of the destroyed Shuri Castle after a fire ripped through the historic site in Naha, southern Okinawa prefecture, Japan. Photo: AFP
An aerial picture of the destroyed Shuri Castle after a fire ripped through the historic site in Naha, southern Okinawa prefecture, Japan. Photo: AFP
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