Updated at 2022-05-09
Shuri Castle was built some 500 years ago in the south of Okinawa. It's not only an important landmark of Okinawa but also a symbol of the Ryukyu Kingdom and the spirit of Okinawans. Shuri Castle is depicted on the lacquer plate in the picture. The style of architecture is a fusion of Japanese and southern Fujian and illustrates the suffering that the Ryukyu Kingdom endured as the mid-point between China and Japan. The castle is also a testimony to the destruction of Okinawa towards the end of WWII. Shuri Castle was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
Flag: The flag of Japan is known as the "Flag of Sun," a red disc centered on a white rectangular banner). The ratio of the flag is 2:3, and the diameter of the red disk is three-fifths of the vertical length, with the center of the red disk aligned with the center of the flag.
National Day: February 11
Area: 377,976 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 125 million
Currency: Japanese Yen
Government: Constitutional monarchy, separation of powers