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Photo Journal: Castle construction


Steel beams are placed inside the main keep of Kumamoto Castle, which was badly damaged during the April 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake disaster, as efforts to repair the damage get into full swing. The steel beams, each 18 meters in length and inserted with the help of a large crane, are being used to form scaffolding. The castle building was reconstructed with steel-framed reinforced concrete in 1960, and consists of a large and small keep. Officials say the scaffolding will be in place by the long holiday period in May, after which sheets will be put up, concealing the keep until about summer. Construction work is due to be completed in March 2019. The castle, whose shachihoko tumbled from the roof in the quake, is currently off limits. (Mainichi)

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