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raised of £2,000 target by 13 supporters

    Weʼve raised £530 to donate directly to Aso Shrine to help fund its costly reconstruction after the devastating twin earthquakes of April 2016.

    Aso District, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japanery
    Funded on Tuesday, 17th January 2017

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    It is now over 5 months since the devastating twin earthquakes that shook the Kumamoto and Oita areas of Kyushu causing extensive damage and loss of life. The dust has settled,and so has the earth beneath our feet (although to date there have been well over a thousand aftershocks) and the reconstruction work has begun in earnest.

    Aso Shrine,a beautiful, historic wooden shrine with an imposing two -storey `romon` or tower gate suffered such extensive damage that it will take up to 10 years to repair at a cost of billions and billions of yen. The government will provide funds for the rebuilding of the main tower gate itself,as it is a designated Important National Cultural Property,but money still must be raised towards the repair of the `haiden` (hall of worship) and other structures within the shrine grounds.

    Our initial fundraising for Aso Shrine,which included a 40km walk in May from our hometown to the shrine itself,collecting boxes placed in local businesses and crowdfunding ,raised over 1500 GBP, but we still feel we can raise a lot more in this second stage of crowdfunding.
    We are hoping that people overseas who may have visited Aso Shrine on their travels,or possibly even lived or worked in Kyushu and who have a special connection with the area, will wish to donate whatever they can to help return Aso Shrine to its former glory.

    I have met with staff at Aso Shrine ,they are truly grateful for any help and have fully endorsed this crowdfunding page for collecting funds worldwide.

    Arigatou gozaimasu



    Charmaine Minami

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    • Charmaine Minami4 years ago
      Charmaine Minami

      Charmaine Minami

      4 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Thank you,I will soon be visiting Aso Shrine to donate this amount (or rather,the equivalent amount in yen) along with several other donations I have received privately. The staff at Aso Shrine are so grateful for all donations and messages of support from overseas. Arigatou!

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    Page last updated on: 1/17/2017 19.42



    • Janet Roberts

      Janet Roberts

      Jan 17, 2017

      Hope this helps xx


    • Anonymous


      Jan 16, 2017


    • Anonymous


      Jan 12, 2017

    • Nancy Kobayashi

      Nancy Kobayashi

      Jan 7, 2017

      Heartened by the video of the dismantling work. I look forward to more news.


    • Kabu»


      Jan 6, 2017


    • MAYEN


      Nov 14, 2016


    • Lara Petitclerc

      Lara Petitclerc

      Nov 11, 2016

      We send our love across the ocean to the beautiful people of Ichinomiya-machi. Our hearts are with you. Perry and Lara Petitclerc-Stokes (JET 2000-2002).


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    Charmaine Minami

    Charmaine Minami

    Aso District, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japanery

    I'm British,but have been a resident of Kyushu for over twenty years. Aso Shrine is less than an hour's drive from where I live,and over the years I have often visited on various occasions.

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