Kishaba Park, Kitanakagusuku

A couple of weeks ago my friends Chaelyn, Katie (from japanese class) and i were wanting to plan an adventure, including our husbands, we settled to explore Kitanakagusuku. I had heard of a really old shisa dog in a park somewhere in the area and we searched and searched until we found the old little guy at the Kishaba Park. We walked around the park, took pictures and later decided to check out the Nakamura House. It’s funny how you can find things to do and places to explore in every corner, as long as you put your tourist hat on.


^^ japanese class/adventure buddies! ^^

We spotted this little guy from the side of the road and we were so excited because we had been walking/driving for what felt like forever. He’s missing most of his head but what great history behind one of the oldest shisa in Okinawa. Don’t know what a shisa is? It’s ok, it’s a traditional Okinawan decoration people place … well everywhere! They are thought to ward of evil. Want to know more? here’s more info on them. This guy was especially built to protect the village against evil spirits and disasters coming from a hill called Kanisan.

There should be another old shisa somewhere in Itoman, we plan on looking for it soon! 😉

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • Kassie ODriscoll

    This is the one that we wanted to find: http://www.ryukyulife.com/2012/03/then-and-now-photos-stone-lion-of.html

    …. mostly because of the photos from the Battle of Okinawa. Maybe we can go this week???

  • Hannah Curtis

    Amazing…how did you find out about this Shisa? I need to find him!!

  • Kassie was the one who told me there was a really old shisa! But it's actually not this one, we saw this one online. There is another one in Itoman and there's pictures of it from WWII! I think she posted a picture in the comment below!

  • I have a pin if you want me to send it to you 😉

  • Yes!! I realized that it wasn't the one once we were there, lol! But it was still fun! Definitely HAVE to see the other one!

  • Fabulous! I love the picture of you and your husband- I laughed at how he's standing there like "Um, it's us and a rock?" I'm adding finding both of these old shisas to our list!