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Monday, November 21, 2016

Nagoya Castle: Enter At Your Own Risk

Above, Godzilla approaches a miniature of Nagoya Castle. Photo signed by Haruo Nakajima.

Nagoya Castle is deteriorating, according to the city's mayor. He wants to repair/restore it, but has met with opposition in the city's legislature.

According to Kyodo News:
The Nagoya municipal government on Friday took the unusual step of posting a warning to tourists that they enter Nagoya Castle's tower structure at their own risk due to the building being in danger of collapse in a strong earthquake. 
Three signs were installed within the castle grounds to warn of the risk of entering the multistory building, whose concrete is degrading and therefore lacks resistance to temblors, according to the city. 
The idea of the warning signs came from Mayor Takashi Kawamura, who is frustrated with a lack of progress in restoration work due to opposition from the city assembly. The city is hoping to restore the castle's tower, rebuilt in 1959 and which has two fish-like golden ornaments on the roof, with wood.
Godzilla fans are familiar with Nagoya Castle as it was featured, and demolished, by Godzilla in 1964's Mothra vs. Godzilla (known here as Godzilla vs. The Thing).

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