Lecture 5. Ryukyu: the architecture of Confucian ritual and Shinto spirit

In looking at the architecture in the land of the Rykyu Kingdom, this lecture introduces buildings of both public, religious, and official nature, and that for private and vernacular residence. The typology of Okinawa architecture indicates influences from both China and Japan, and the archaeological discoveries suggest further Southeast Asian links in dwelling modes and construction techniques. The extensive use of stone in residential compounds, castles, and bridges, however, in combination with both colorful and monochrome timber construction, advocates a unique local architectural character that blends the exuberance of Confucian rituality with the simplicity of Shinto spirit.


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