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Cities debate replacing castle towers with original wooden versions

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, center, flanked by her husband Edwin Schlossberg, right, visits Shuri castle, the ancient capital of Okinawa kingdom, in Naha, Okinawa, Japan on Feb. 12.

Photo: Reuters / Kyodo

Municipalities hosting ancient castles around Japan are under siege as aging castle towers restored in the post-World War II economic boom are in desperate need of replacement or refurbishment.

While some localities are ready to renovate existing concrete castle towers, others are hoping to fund the much pricier recreation of the wooden structures that originally stood long ago.

During his campaign for Nagoya mayor in 2009, Mayor Takashi Kawamura vowed to replace the concrete main tower of the city’s landmark Nagoya Castle with a more authentic wooden structure.

“We should replace the tower with something we will be proud of,” Kawamura said.

Nagoya Castle, originally built in the early Edo Period ((1603-1867), was restored in 1959 after being destroyed by fire in an air raid by US bombers in May 1945.

(Liberty Times)








1. under siege idiom

形容大軍壓境;形勢危急 (xing2 rong2 da4 jun1 ya1 jing4; xing2 shi4 wei2 ji2)

例: The city was under siege in World War II.


2. replace sth. with v. phr.

取代 (qu3 dai4)

例: The boss replaced two workers with a machine.


3. proud of v. phr.

值得驕傲;引以為傲 (zhi2 de2 jiao1 ao4; yin2 yi3 wei2 ao4)

例: I’m so proud of you.


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