Metal Ornament Falls from National Treasure Ninomaru PalaceScars Left by Typhoon at Nijo Castle, Kyoto
Typhoon No. 21, known internationally as Typhoon Jebi, that hit Japan with its powerful winds on September 4, caused damages in Kyoto Prefecture and other locations. At Nijo Castle, in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, many cultural assets suffered damage, including roof tiles of the National Treasure Ninomaru Palace falling, and others. The most violent tempest since the end of World War II inflicted deep scars on the ancient capital.
As of September 6, the Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education reported more than 100 cases of damage to cultural assets in Kyoto Prefecture that are designated or registered by the national or prefectural governments. At Nijo Castle, roof tiles fell from the Ninomaru Palace, a national treasure, and its metal ornament crashed down as well. Approximately 100 meters of the wall on the north side of the palace collapsed. The Naruko Gate, an Important Cultural Property, and other items were also damaged.(Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.)