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Kumamoto Castle quake damage 2017
Topic Started: Sep 27 2017, 07:31 AM (346 Views)
kitsuno
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Not so much news as just a collection of pictures I took, but if anyone is interested, here's what Kumamoto Castle looks like as of 10 days ago:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuzo/albums/72157685620784952

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Also, I have video footage, but I need some sort of free software to cut it together, anyone have any recommendations? Once it's cut together I'll put it up on youtube.
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Here is the actual footage I took while I was there, you can see that most of the wall has completely collapsed in some sections. Unfortunately as of September we were only allowed around the outer perimeter of the castle. According to the guide, the castle should be restored within 3 years, but the grounds and walls will probably take up to 20 years due to the cost, which is expected to be about 6 billion yen, or around $50 million USD.

Interestingly, they also matched up the fallen stones with pictures of the castle, and have all of the stones laid out and labeled, so that when they rebuild, they'll know which stone goes where. Another interesting thing is that the fallen stones have revealed buddhist carvings on some of the stones. They had one one display, and once I get around to uploading all of my pics, I'll put it up.

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Is that Udo Tower 宇土櫓? I think that is the only building left from Kiyomori's castle--the others were destroyed during the Seinan War. How much damage did it have? I saw a lot of pictures at the time of turrets with crumbling foundations. It is hard to see in your pictures, but it looks like part of the foundation is still hollowed out. But I suppose they have some beams in there.
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No, Uto turret is on the other side, it is undamaged. The damaged one in the video is one of the rebuilt turrets, and the entire center of the foundation fell out, it's standing basically on one leg.

Uto turret: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuzo/37099117200/in/album-72157685620784952/
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