After the fire destroyed the 500 year old structure of Shuri Castle, officials launched the fund raising campaign to rebuild the caste. The funds raising campaign had already gathered around $930,000, shortly after the fire had destroyed the castle.
Officials who launched the fund raising campaign for Shuri Castle say that they did not expect such results. The donations have come faster than they had expected. They have set up three bank accounts to receive funds from people all over the world.
Officials in the city of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan reported that until now more than 6,000 people have donated small and large amounts of money which equated to around $900,000 or 100 million yen.
The fire started burning down the Shuri Castle in the early hours of Thurdsay (31st October). More than 100 fire-brigades were called on to the scene to put out the fire but due the the strong winds, fire-fighters struggled a lot to contain the fire.
“The many wooden structures and the [recently reapplied] lacquer may have also had an effect,” the unidentified officer told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
It took around 11 hours to put out the fire but the main 7 parts of the building had been destroyed by the fire during these 11 hours time. According to the reports, investigations are still underway to see what actually caused such huge fire in one of the most important buildings of the city.
“To us, the Shuri Castle is a god-like existence,” 84-year-old Toyoko Miyazato told the Asahi Shimbun. “I am so sad I don’t know what to say.”
According to the Okinawa’s tourism site, the castle burned down twice during Ryukyu Dynasty too. The castle was destroyed one again during the World War 2.
The citizen are hopeful that their city will do anything within their power to rebuild the place as they think of it as a “God-like existence”.