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  • Hey, good morning everybody.

  • I just want to let you guys know that we woke up here in Okinawa to some really bad news.

  • Apparently, Shuri Castle caught fire last night overnight around 3:00 a.m.

  • It's pretty terrible.

  • We just go into the details.

  • They received a call I think the fire department at about 2:40 a.m. Japan time this morning, which would have been about Eastern Standard Time would've been about 1:40 p.m.

  • And they say that the main hall, nearby buildings have burned to the ground, and another building is, uh, was burning at the time.

  • No injuries.

  • This castle's been here for about 600 years.

  • It was built by the Ryukyu dynasty and was designated as Japan's national treasure in 1933.

  • A lot of people in Okinawa are really bummed this morning.

  • A lot of the locals perceive this as one of the highlights, one of the gems that Okinawa has to offer in order to share their heritage and their culture with the visitors and locals alike.

  • It's basically the first thing you do when you come to Okinawa, you want to see the Shuri Castle.

  • And we went the first week, and you can tell by my video I was very jet-lagged.

  • I was my first time overseas, and it was crazy but you can still see the beauty of the castle.

  • Just the devastating news out of Okinawa this morning.

  • We have no idea what caused it.

  • Really, really a sad day.

  • My heart goes out to all the Okinawan people who have been so friendly and loving to us and really taking us in as locals.

  • We know that this is gonna affect them.

  • This is this is part of the heritage, part of their pride.

  • And we just want to let everyone know in Okinawa, and around the world, that we sympathize with what they're going through right now.

  • And we just have the great most respect for the Okinawan people and the history and the beauty of the island they've been able to share with us.

  • Terrible news out of Okinawa just leaves you speechless when you think about the people and what a treasure this building was.

  • And this institute and the history behind it was just amazing.

Hey, good morning everybody.

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Shuri Castle Fire

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    Estelle posted on 2019/11/08
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