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Koshiro-sheng: The ruins of the Ryukyu King’s office in Taketomi Island.

Koshiro-sheng: The ruins of the Ryukyu King’s office in Taketomi Island.

Koshiro-sheng (kusukhumvit) is a mark of the distant sentinel of Masonry that remains in the north of Taketomi Island. In the early Edo period, the Satsuma clan requested the Ryukyu Limestone tower, which was one of the maritime monitoring stations in the Yaeyama Islands, which was stacked like a conch shell. As a liaison network between Yaeyama Islands, fire-higher tempo on each island formed a network. A country historic Site

Basic Data >
Name: Koshiro sheng (Wikipedia)
● Location: Taketomi-machi, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa ( map )
-Main Building: Satsuma clan/Ryukyu Wang Fu
-Castle: circa Kan’ei (1644)
-Remains: Masonry

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About 10 minutes from the terminal of the island at the southern edge of Ishigaki. Unfortunately the weather was very high and the waves were shaking, but we went to Taketomi Island. Let’s go to see the ruins (fire number) that the Ryukyu King office set up at the request of the Satsuma clan before.

At the site, the ruins of the distant view are called fire-making (Hiban) or Koshiro-sheng (kusukhumvit). Let’s find them on the map. It is near the north end of the village in the central island. The spread centrally is adjacent to the world. This is the entrance of the Utaki. I wonder if I did/did some event, and when I visited, the frame of a large tent had been built in the wide hall.

The world is a board. It is said that it became an Utaki afterwards though there was a village office in the village office of the Ryukyu King Prefecture age and the early Showa era. The seed-taking festival is held here in November every year by the god of farming, and it seems to be a central place in the village which is designated as a national important intangible cultural asset. Certainly a very wide place compared to other Utaki has been taken.

A number of stone steps and cornerstones are made to impress the ruins of a former office. The stone masonry visible in the back of the building in the back is aiming at the small castle.

Big Tree before the Utaki. It seems to bloom a red flower in spring in the tree of the kind of dego, but it is such a feeling in winter when visiting. Still, it was an overwhelming presence.

Let’s visit the ruins of Koshiro in the back of the Utaki. You can reach from the road through the east side of the Utaki, but you can also go directly from the Utaki square.

There was a huge cenotaph on the side of Koshiro-sheng.

I went to Koshiro-sheng. The entrance is a staircase here, and there are two places of stairs installed to stick around the main body.

Stone steps are not only Ryukyu limestone but ordinary rock (granite? It seems to be used.

The inside of the stone steps are the same Ryukyu limestone. Only the rock on the surface that puts the foot seems to be different. The Ryukyu limestone is fragile and fragile, so it is difficult to walk.

Let’s go up the stairs and get to the landing place. The last stone steps to the top are apparently made of concrete in recent years. A stone monument is erected.

“Memorial Koshiro-sheng (kusukhumvit, Fire-Sheng)” was dug and stone pillar.

Next to the stone pillar, there is a small monument where the explanation of Koshiro-sheng was dug. The first year of Shoho (1644) was built as a regular period fire-sheng. I fried the rocket for the monitoring of the sea and the report of the boat to and from.

The top of Koshiro-sheng. The soil is paved in a narrow place. Rocket There’s no one left.

From the other side of the top of Koshiro-sheng.

A stone monument at the top. It seems to have been written that the origin of the Koshiro Sheng is very hard to read because it disappears. The content is similar to what was on the landing.

The north side is seen from the top of Koshiro Sheng. It is located in the northern part of the island, but the sea is still quite distant. Moreover, is it likely to be seen well when the boat of a moderate scale goes through the sea even if the tower on which the lookout tower was built on this or the seawater side is not seen? The island in the right back is Ishigaki island.

Looking down from the small castle. There might have been some facilities before, and there is a space enclosed by the masonry. Let’s go down to the other side and look at the front of Koshiro-sheng.

I look at the small castle from the roadway next to Utaki.

Stone steps from the roadway side to the small castle. The stone steps and some of the surrounding area are not Ryukyu limestone.

Let’s move to the north along the round shape of the small castle. Similar to the GSK of Okinawa main island, the part made of Ryukyu Limestone is without corners and is formed round.

To the very positive side of Koshiro. It is a tower of three stages like the conch.

The lowest part extends to the north, and it is a higher space. I wonder if there were any buildings, such as the keeper’s gatehouse and the storage of higher tempo tools.

A full view of Koshiro. Although it is small, it was a place with a slightly different atmosphere in Taketomi island where the relaxed atmosphere of the Ryukyu era remained.

Bonus: Since we came to Taketomi Island, let’s stroll around the island a little while to the next ferry. Taketomi Island is trying to keep the old atmosphere as much as possible, there are few buildings and modern-style commercial facilities, and the city is such an atmosphere and a very nice space.

Taketomi Island Explanation board. There is a circular road surrounding the center of the island, the inside is a village, and the outside is a forest. It seems that not only old houses and masonry walls are lined up, but there are also many such as Utaki and Wells. Moving around the island is almost a bicycle or a walk, and the car basically only puts it to the round road.

The Water ox cart for sightseeing was also popular, and while I was strolling around the city, I passed a considerable amount of water ox cart. If you enjoy a slow time, ox cart water.

Let’s come to the place called the garbage tower which is probably the most popular tourist attraction of Taketomi Island. The tower was built during the post-war Ryukyu government and is now a symbol of the city.

Is a concrete tower built on top of the mountain Hill. Originally, it was not an observatory, but a tower for the dissemination of communication to the inhabitants.

The explanation board of Akayama Hill where the tower of the garbage is erected. The one when the tower was built. It is said that the fallen king Akayama of Heike who lost to the naval Battle of the Temple of the year 1158 was drifting here, and the castle was built here. Although there are more than 1000km straight distance from the temple of the Island (Shimonoseki) to Taketomi, the story of the drifting in the boat in the Kamakura period is unbelievable, and such a legend might remain in the hometown. In 1953, the time went down, and the tower and the facilities were built as a meeting place or a child’s playground because this ground was donated to the village.

Then, let’s climb the tower of garbage. A narrow concrete tower with a height of 4.5 m is erected on the hill. There is no more expensive buildings around, so I feel very high. There was the advance information which says that it is possible to wait for the turn under this when the weather is good, and there is no one in bad weather unfortunately.

It is carved in 1953 on the back of the pillar. This tower stands out in a flat Taketomi island. Even if you look at it from this angle, it is just evidence that the sky is reflected.

Stairs of a garbage tower. A considerable steep angle that I feel when I climb. The concrete is not so wobbly shaking, but it was quite scary.

The view from the Tower of Garbage. The village of Taketomi Island where the red tile is a story is lined up exactly. The weather is good and the view is better.

Taketomi Island is only 10 minutes by ferry from Ishigaki Island. It is Taketomi Island which maintains the atmosphere of the old Ryukyu unlike the Okinawa main island and Ishigaki Island which was urbanized. When it comes to Ishigaki Island, it is fun to take a ferry by all means, and to take the thought in the Ryukyu era while seeing the ruins and the town. Recommended.

Date of Visit: December, 2015
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-M1 + XF14mm
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