Shuri-jo in 2014-15

For certain ceremonies, including New Year's celebrations and those occasions when the king
formally dispatched a missive to the Chinese Emperor, the throne would be moved forward, and
shutters on the front of the castle opened, so that the king would look down from under the
karahafu gable upon the courtiers gathered in the una.

A narrow staircase behind the throne led directly to the throne room above, allowing the king, queen,
and other top-ranking royals and officials to make their appearance traveling directly from the throne room
to the audience chamber. A system of ropes and bells were used to communicate between the two floors. 1996-2017
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