There’s 20 days until the end of the year, and the end of the decade. Today’s video isn’t from 2019. But in November, people across Japan and the world woke up to the shocking news that Shuri Castle in Okinawa was lost to a huge inferno overnight. It might take years for Okinawa’s craftsmen to return and rebuild this center of Ryukyuan culture—as they did once before in 1992.
So here is a 24 minute video produced by the Okinawan prefectural government about Shuri Castle, made in 2013, and filmed in happier times. The Seiden (main hall), which features prominently in the video, as well as the Hokuden (north hall) and Nanden (south hall), no longer exist as of today.