From the fire to now

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October 2019

October 31 Fire broke out at Shuri Castle
10月31日 Established a task force to investigate the Shuri Castle fire
10月31日 After visiting the site of the fire, Governor Tamaki reported the Shuri Castle fire damage to Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga.
    • Fire broke out at Shuri Castle

      Fire broke out at Shuri Castle

    November 2019

    November 6 The Ministerial Conference on Shuri Castle Restoration (1st meeting)
    Prime Minister Abe made remarks that Shuri Castle is the most significant building for Okinawan people and the Japanese government will do everything it can to restore Shuri Castle as soon as possible.
    November 28 Shuri Castle Restoration Task Force is established

    December 2019

    December 2 The Ministerial Conference on Shuri Castle Restoration (2nd meeting)
    It was decided that a technical committee was to be set up within the Okinawa General Bureau to accomplish the Shuri Castle restoration project.
    December 2 Urgent Forum: Hiyamikase (rise up) Shuri Castle Reconstruction (hosted by Ryukyu Shimpo)
    December 11 The Ministerial Conference on Shuri Castle Restoration (3rd meeting)
    Fundamental Plan for the Shuri Castle Restoration established
    December 11 Fundamental Plan for the Shuri Castle Restoration was announced
    December 12 Public visiting area of the park is expanded (a 2.6 ha area made open to the public, and a total area of 9.8 ha in the park facility)
    December 14 Public visiting area of the park is expanded (a further 0.2 ha area made open to the public, and a total area of 10.0 ha in the park facility)
    December 21 Partial light-up starts
    December 22 Urgent academic symposium on Shuri Castle restoration (hosted by the University of the Ryukyus)
    December 26 Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project announced
    December 27 1st Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting
    • Shuri Castle photo exhibition

      Shuri Castle photo exhibition

    January 2020

    January 6 Exhibition of Shuri Castle photos in the lobby of the Prefectural Government building (until January 10, with the cooperation of Okinawa Times)
    January 9 Symposium: “First Year of the Restoration Era: Reviving Shuri Castle” (hosted by Okinawa Times)
    January 28 1st session of the Committee of experts discussion group for the Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project

    February 2020

    February 4 Area damaged by the fire is opened to the press and local residents
    February 10 Start of the demolition of damaged buildings
    February 13 2nd session of the Committee of experts discussion group for the Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project
    February 15 Commemorating the 300th Anniversary of the First Performance of Kumiodori: “Shuri Castle Restoration Project Special Performance” (hosted by the 300th Anniversary Kumiodori Event Executive Committee)
    February 16 Ryukyu Kingdom Festival Shuri, Shuri Castle Restoration Project Support Event (hosted by Shuri Shinkokai)
    February 19 2nd Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting
    February 27 Temporary repairs made on Dai Ryuchu (dragon pillars)
    • Area damaged by the fire opened to the press and local residents

      Area damaged by the fire opened to the press and local residents

    • Start of demolition of damaged buildings

      Start of demolition of damaged buildings

    March 2020

    March 12 3rd session of the committee of experts discussion group for the Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project
    March 13 3rd Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting
    March 16 Okinawa Prefecture Shuri Castle Restoration Funds established
    March 17 Technical report of the timeline for the restoration of Shuri Castle Seiden (main hall) and Other Buildings
    March 18 1st Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Committee meeting
    March 23 Start of gathering volunteers for work involving peeling shikkui plaster off the roof tiles.
    March 24 4th session of the committee of experts discussion group for the Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project
    March 27 The Ministerial Conference on Shuri Castle Restoration (4th meeting)
    Timeline for Restoration of Shuri Castle Seiden and Other Buildings is established
    March 27 Timeline for Restoration of Shuri Castle Seiden and Other Buildings is announced
    March 30 Report made of the Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project
    March 31 Demolition of Hokuden (north hall) starts
    • 3rd session of the committee of experts discussion group

      3rd session of the committee of experts discussion group

    • Start of gathering volunteers for work involving peeling shikkui plaster off the roof tiles.

      Start of gathering volunteers for work involving peeling shikkui plaster off the roof tiles.

    • Report issued.

      Report issued.

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    April 2020

    April 6 2nd Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Committee meeting
    April 24 Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project is announced
    • Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project is announced

      Core Policy for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project is announced

    May 2020

    May 21 1st meeting in Fiscal Year 2020 of the Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board
    May 28 1st screening panel meeting of the Shuri Castle Damaged Roof Tile Repurposing Idea Contest

    June 2020

    June 12 Architectural ruins of Shuri Castle Seiden (main hall) opened to the public
    June 15 1st session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force
    June 26 2nd screening panel meeting of the Shuri Castle Damaged Roof Tile Repurposing Idea Contest
    • Architectural ruins of Shuri Castle Seiden (main hall) opened to the public

      Architectural ruins of Shuri Castle Seiden (main hall) opened to the public

    • Screening panel meeting of damaged roof tile repurposing idea contest

      Screening panel meeting of damaged roof tile repurposing idea contest

    July 2020

    July 18 1st Suimachi Juku (Shuri Town Study Session) (hosted by Suimachi-ken)
    July 22 Installation of workspace for repair work to Dai Ryuchu (dragon pillars) starts
    July 28 Panel exhibition of the Shuri Castle Damaged Roof Tile Repurposing Idea Contest (until July 31, held in the lobby at the Prefectural Government building)
    July 30 Policy for Okinawa Prefecture Shuri Castle Restoration Funds is published
    July 31 Certification ceremony for the Shuri Castle Damaged Roof Tile Repurposing Idea Contest
    • Certification ceremony for the Shuri Castle Damaged Roof Tile Repurposing Idea Contest

      Certification ceremony for the Shuri Castle Damaged Roof Tile Repurposing Idea Contest

    • Announcement of the policy for Okinawa Prefecture Shuri Castle Restoration Funds

      Announcement of the policy for Okinawa Prefecture Shuri Castle Restoration Funds

    • Certification ceremony for the Shuri Castle Damaged Roof Tile Repurposing Idea Contest

      Certification ceremony for the Shuri Castle Damaged Roof Tile Repurposing Idea Contest

    August 2020

    August 2 Shurijo Castle Park admission area closed to public (temporarily closed to follow the Okinawa Prefectural Government measures for the state of emergency: extended to September 5)
    August 8 1st Tourism and Shuri Urban Planning Symposium (hosted by Suimachi-ken)
    August 21 3rd Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Committee meeting
    August 22 2nd Suimachi Juku (Shuri Town Study Session) “Shuri, a town with historical connections: a perspective to learn modern history” (hosted by Suimachi-ken)
    August 27 2nd session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force
    It is decided that the prefectural government will handle sourcing of large wooden materials used for Seiden (main hall), using the Shuri Castle Restoration Foundation
    • Restoration Task Force

      2nd session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force

    September 2020

    September 5 “Workshop to put our heads together to think about sustainable urban planning” (1) (hosted by Suimachi-ken)
    September 9 – 10 Governor Tamaki requests the national government to allow the prefectural government to source large wooden materials for construction of Shuri Castle Seiden
    September 11 Mid-term report of the Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Committee
    September 12 “Workshop to put our heads together to think about sustainable urban planning” (2) (hosted by Suimachi-ken)
    September 14 1st session of the committee of experts discussion group for the Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project and joint session of the working group meeting for the New Historical Shuri Project and working group meeting for the Coordinating Committee of Ryukyu Culture Promotion
    September 19 “Workshop to put our heads together to think about sustainable urban planning” (3) (hosted by Suimachi-ken)
    September 19 3rd Suimachi Juku (Shuri Town Study Session) “Shuri and Traditional Performing Arts” (hosted by Suimachi-ken)
    September 23 Dairyuchu (dragon pillars) moved from the pedestal and placed in the temporary restoration center (until the 25th)
    September 23 Memorandum established: “Transfer of large wooden materials for construction of Shuri Castle Seiden”
    September 25 2nd Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting in Fiscal Year 2020
    The species of tree for the structural material decided
    September 30 Achieved agreement on sourcing large wooden materials
    It is agreed that the prefectural government will source materials for wooden pillars and structural round beams and grant them to the national government.
    • Mid-term report of the Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Committee

      Mid-term report of the Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Committee

    • 1st session of the committee of experts discussion group for the Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project

      1st session of the committee of experts discussion group for the Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project

    • Dairyuchu moved

      Dairyuchu moved

     

    October 2020

          
    October 10 首里城再興学術ネットワークシンポジウム2020
    October 23 2nd working group meeting of the Coordinating Committee of Ryukyu Culture Promotion
    Governor Tamaki published a message upon the first anniversary of the Shuri Castle fire during a scheduled briefing
    October 24 Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Committee field trip to investigate similar buildings outside of the prefecture (Himeji Castle and Myoshinji Temple)
    October 28 2nd working group meeting of the New Historical Shuri Project
    October 30 “Shuri Castle Restoration” exhibition on Google Arts & Culture
    Projection mapping and Shuri Castle Restoration Special Karate Performance
    (October 30 – November 1)
    October 31 Shuri Castle Restoration Project event: Craft-making workshop and community partnership exchange program (October 31, November 1, 3, 7, and 8)
    Shuri Castle Restoration Exhibition Room open to public
    • Google

      Google Arts & Culture
      “Shuri Castle Restoration” exhibition

    • Projection mapping and Shuri Castle Restoration Special Karate Performance

      Projection mapping and Shuri Castle Restoration Special Karate Performance

    • Field trip outside of the prefecture

      Field trip outside of the prefecture

     

    November 2020

    November 25 4th Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Committee meeting
    November 26 3rd Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting in Fiscal Year 2020
    Local wooden materials chosen for some beams (round beams) used in Shuri Castle Seiden
    November 26 Old Shuri Planning Association Workshop
    (hosted by Shuri-mori Chiku Machizukuri Dantai Renraku Kyogikai (Shuri-mori District Urban Planning Liaison Council))
    November 27 2nd session of the committee of experts discussion group for the Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project

    December 2020

    December 9 1st session of the Shuri Castle Recovery in the Reiwa Era Zoom Roundtable Meeting: Benefits of Shuri Castle Restoration
    December 15 3rd session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force
    The prefectural government decided to conduct a project to secure red-roof tiles using Shuri Castle Restoration Funds
    December 18 2nd session of the Shuri Castle Recovery in the Reiwa Era Zoom Roundtable meeting: Recognizing the history and culture centered around Shuri Castle and restoration
    December 21 3rd working group meeting of the Coordinating Committee of Ryukyu Culture Promotion
    December 21 Agreement on sourcing red-roof tiles
    It is agreed that the prefectural government will source red-roof tiles used in Shuri Castle Seiden reconstruction work and grant them to the national government.
    December 22 Change made to the kind of trees to be sourced by the prefectural government
    December 22 Naha City granted Shuri Castle Restoration Funds
    December 23 3rd working group meeting for the New Historical Shuri Project

    January 2021

    January 4 Shuri Castle damaged roof tile upcycle project (2nd application period)
    January 18 Start of emergency repairs of Shuri Castle Hoshinmon gate and laying of tiles
    January 19 5th Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Committee meeting
    January 22 1st meeting of the Review Committee for the Preservation and Public Exhibition of the 32nd Military Headquarters Trench Remains
    January 30 Shuri Castle Restoration Project event: Craft-making workshop and community partnership (January 30 and 31, February 6 and 7)

    February 2021

    February 8 Shuri Castle damaged roof tile upcycle project (2nd application period) decided
    February 8 3rd session of the committee of experts discussion group for the Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project
    February 9 Call for public opinion about “The Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project (draft)” (until February 22)
    February 22 3rd Shuri Castle Recovery in the Reiwa Era Zoom Roundtable Meeting
    The Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project

    March 2021

    March 9 Final report of the committee of experts discussion group for the Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project
    March 16 4th session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force
    March 17 6th Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Committee meeting
    March 20 Start of volunteering for peeling shikkui plaster from Shuri Castle red-roof tiles (until April 18)
    March 25 4th Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting in Fiscal Year 2020
    March 29 The Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project established
    • volunteering for peeling shikkui plaster from Shuri Castle red-roof tiles (until April 18)

      volunteering for peeling shikkui plaster from Shuri Castle red-roof tiles (until April 18)

    • 4th session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force

      4th session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force

     

    April 2021

    March 20 – April 18 Restart of volunteering for peeling shikkui plaster from Shuri Castle red-roof tiles (until April 18)
    April 1 5th Ministerial Conference on Shuri Castle Restoration meeting
    April 23 Shuri Castle Fire Prevention Measures (fundamental direction) announced

    May 2021

    May 20 Installation of a new path for visitors to observe the reconstruction of Seiden and a temporary facility
    (workshop, material storage, and temporary roofing) announced.
    May 25 Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board 1st wooden material and roof tile working team meeting
    Okinawa Prefectural Government reported a local tree (Okinawa Urajirogashi: Quercus miyagii—an oak native to the Ryukyu Islands) as a candidate for Shuri Castle material, and also how it should be selected for lumbering and environmental considerations.

    June 2021

    June 1 Okinawa Prefectural Government and SCSK Corporation signed the agreement “Digital Transformation Promotion Project for Shuri Castle Restoration”
    June 2 Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board Meeting, 1st Hokuden and Nanden working team meeting
    June 7 1st session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force (written statement) in Fiscal Year 2021
    In order to proceed with the Core Principles for the Shuri Castle Restoration Project, specific plans and projects were selected (70 cases) and decided.
    June 9 Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting, 1st Painting and sculpture working team meeting
    June 14 –
      July 16
    Taking applications for Shuri Castle damaged roof tile recycling ideas (first call of Year 2021)
    June 24 Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting, 1st Fire prevention working team meeting
    June 30 Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting, 2nd Wooden material and roof tile working team meeting

    July 2021

    July 7 Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting. 2nd Painting and sculpture working team meeting
    July 14 1st Planning Committee for utilization of the site of Nakagusuku Udun in Fiscal Year 2021
    July 15 1st Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration working group meeting in Fiscal Year 2021
    July 16 1st Historical Shuri District Urban Planning Committee meeting in Fiscal Year 2021
    July 19 2nd session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force meeting in Fiscal Year 2021
    It is decided that stone sculptures, wooden materials (round beams and decorative items) and red-roof tiles (sen-gawara and kumogata kazari-gawara) are to be sourced and produced by Okinawa Prefectural Government, and will be granted to the national government.
    July 20 3rd Review Committee for the Preservation and Public Exhibition of the 32nd Military Headquarters Trench Remains meeting in Fiscal Year 2021
    July 26 1st Shurijo Castle Park Management System Review Committee meeting in Fiscal Year 2021
    July 27 1st Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting in Fiscal Year 2021
    July 30 Memorandum established: “Transfer of decorative pieces for reconstruction of Shuri Castle Seiden”
    Consulted items applied on July 19 accepted
      • 2nd session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force2nd session of the Shuri Castle Recovery and Restoration Task Force

    August 2021

    August 13 Fiscal Year 2021 The 1st Shuri Castle Hengaku (decorative tablets) Planning Committee
    August 13 The removal of the pavement tiles of Shuri Castle Una (courtyard) has been made open to the public

    September 2021

    September 15 The Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting, 2nd Fire Prevention Working Group meeting
    September 22 Investigation using drones inside the 32nd Military Headquarters Trench Remains
    September 29 The improvement of the north side observation deck on the side of the Hokuden (north hall) of Shuri Castle Una (courtyard) has been made open to the public
    September 30 The Shuri Castle Restoration Project Technical Review Board meeting, 3rd Painting and Sculpture working team meeting