Five years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, an earthquake that registered 7 on Japanese seismic intensity scale hit Kumamoto in the Kyushu area. Despite a much smaller number of casualties and deaths than that in the March 11 Earthquake, a large number of historical structures, including Kumamoto Castle and Aso Shrine, have collapsed or suffered serious damages. During the reconstruction process, the Japanese perfectly showcased their national trait of stubborn perfectionism by requiring every stone block of the Kumamoto Castle be returned to their original position. It is expected that the reconstruction will take a total of twenty years because some procedures cannot be performed by machines and thus demand immense manpower. So far the reconstruction and earthquake-resistance work from the fourth to sixth floor of the Tenshukaku, the highest tower, have been completed, and it is scheduled to be open to the public again in the spring of 2021.
looking at the photos and reading articles. Each word and sentence conjures up images. An enthusiast of Japanese culture, I would like to leave a record of my own memories of the Heisei Era before the new one begins.