Awaji’s abandoned Kannon statue awaits uncertain fate

A 100-meter tall Kannon statue on Awaji Island has become a curse rather than a blessing as the city struggles to find a solution to the rapidly deteriorating building. The crumbling structure is too costly to maintain, too costly to demolish, and too costly to sell. Local residents are also feeling increasingly concerned about their towering neighbor.

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Jiro Osaragi’s former residence in Kamakura on the market

On October 9, the Kanagawa Shimbun newspaper reported that the former residence of author Jiro Osaragi (1897-1973) in Kamakura is for sale. The 100-year old traditional thatched roof house is designated by the city as an important scenic structure. The owners are hoping to find a buyer that will continue to preserve the culturally significant and historic home.

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