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David V 01-04-2011 05:09 AM

The Kingdom of Ryukyu (Okinawa)
The Ryukyu Islands, chief of which is Okinawa, had been independent for many centuries before coming under Japanese rule in 1879. Prior to the 15th century, Okinawa was divided into three kingdoms: Hokuzan, Chuzan and Nanzan. In the 15th century, the Kingdom of Chuzan (in central Okinawa) under the Sho Dynasty conquered the entire island, thus unifying it under its rule for over 450 years. The anji were the nobility of Ryukyu.

The Sho lineage survives to this present day, with Sho Mamoru as head of the house and senior direct descendant of the last king Sho Tai.

After WWII the islands were occupied by American forces, but returned to Japanese rule in 1972. The Okinawans are a culturally distinct group, seen as an intermediary between Chinese and Japanese historically.

Kasumi 01-04-2011 06:32 AM

The Kingdom of Ryukyu- in SamuraiWiki
Okinawan Missing Artifacts: Sho royal family Crown, Scroll Paintings, ceremonial costume. - Shisalion

David V 01-06-2011 12:19 AM

Japan's forgotten royal family - Baltimore Sun

Kasumi 05-24-2011 01:29 PM

YouTube - ‪Ryukyu Monarchy‬‏

Kasumi 01-26-2012 04:04 PM

British Museum - Kano Shunko, Procession of an Embassy from Ryukyu Kingdom

Rhys82192 05-17-2012 05:06 AM

The Okinawan Kimono, known as the Bingata, was once wore by the members of the Ryukyuan Royal Family. But now, it is only used as a costume for the Traditional Okinawan slow-moving Dance called Yotsudake.

Rhys82192 05-17-2012 05:07 AM

The Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, is the main residence of the Ryukyuan Royal Family:

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mariaantoniapia 05-24-2012 04:36 AM

"The Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, is the main residence of the Ryukyuan Royal Family:

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Beautiful ! Do you know anything about the former Royal Family of Ryukyu today ? I know the last King of Ryukyu was created as a marquess in the Meiji Era.

ChiaraC 07-16-2012 07:40 AM

Welcome, busy lady! :flowers:

Can anybody provide me the informations very I can found every key point?
It really depends on what exactly you want to know. Considering that the dynasty dates back around 1500 years, youŽd probably better go get yourself a graduate program, if you literally need "every key point". ;)
But maybe youŽd like to make a start here and here. Regarding history, there is, for example, Jerrold M. PackardŽs "Sons of Heaven: A Portrait of the Japanese Monarchy" and for the time after 1945:"The People's Emperor: Democracy and the Japanese Monarchy, 1945-1995" (Harvard East Asian Monographs) by Kenneth J. Ruoff.

Besides, there is a lot of info to be found in the threads of this forum. :smile:

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