Shuri castle Seiden, royal seat for th eRyukyu Kingdom for 500 years.
We happened upon a festival while at Shuri Castle, it is called Hatagashira. The Hatagashira of Okinawa can be likened to the Mikoshi of
mainland Japan. A Mikoshi is a
portable Shinto shrine. Shinto followers believe that it serves as the
vehicle of a divine spirit in Japan at the time of a parade or
celebration. They are carried in a procession and hoisted up and downato a cahnt by the bearers. The Hayagashira does something similar and there are helper with y-sticks or ropes to make sure it doesn't topple over. They stop and proceede adn restart after lighting firecrackers to announce the next session. There were martial arts displays and I saw a wodden headed snapping dragon that you see during Chinese festivals-the Chinese influence is very apparent here.
My last meal in Nagasaki was Goto udon (they originate from the Goto Islands). There are two sauces for dipping the thin and soft noodles (they are thicker in traditional udon): dashi with chives and horseradish and a raw egg with soy sauce and katsuobushi (fish flakes).
I wanted to try shippoku (European, Chinese, and Japanese style cooking), but there was a 40 minute wait. So I thought this "Dutch" ton katsu would do well since Kyushu has the best pork in the country.
I also had some Nagasaki style suigyoza (boiled dumplings) with garlic and nira (Chinese chive) at a Chinese place.