Damage to Cultural Property

This is certainly a time in which the loss of human lives and livelihoods far outweighs any cultural loss. However, for people such as myself who have never been to Tohoku and had really wanted to go see places like Chusonji in Hiraizumi, where young acolytes perform noh annually, there are also questions about damage to cultural property.

On March 24, the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs published a report that gives an overview of the damage. Although the number of properties damaged is high at 353, the details for the places that suffered the most damage is somewhat reassuring. Hiraizumi was spared, but places such as the pine covered islands of Matsushima in Ibaraki sustained “great damage.”