The following is a list of Japan’s designated cultural properties that suffered damage from the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. In the Tohoku region, a total of 250 cultural properties were damaged, while in the Kanto area, which includes Tokyo, a total of 435 cultural properties suffered damage.
Damage by Designation:
|Designation||No. of damaged properties|
|Important Cultural Properties||156|
|Special Historic Sites||6|
|Special Places of Scenic Beauty||5|
|Places of Scenic Beauty||17|
|Important Preservation Districts
Groups of Traditional Buildings
|Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties||3|
Damage By Area:
|Prefecture||Region||No. of damaged properties|
*704 items suffered damage (some of these have multiple designations and the total count reported as cultural properties is 714).
In Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, the earthquake broke the alarm bell of the Kodokan school, which was established in 1841. The school buildings also suffered damage to fences and tiles.
The chimney and walls of the United Church of Christ in Fukushima City were seriously damaged by the earthquake on March 11. As repair costs are too high, the church will be torn down. The church was designed by William Merrel Vories and completed in 1909.
In the Sawara area of Katori City, Chiba, several traditional shophouses suffered serious earthquake damage.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs, July 29, 2011.
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