Google to take interior images of tsunami-hit buildings

Last month Google began to take interior photos of buildings in the Tohoku region that are scheduled to be demolished after suffering damage in last year’s disaster.

Google started in Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture on November 13. They will take 360-degree photos of 32 places across Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures and publish them on Google Maps from December.

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No trespassers on 2nd hole

A partial landholder of the Moriokaminami Golf Club’s course in Iwate Prefecture has issued a notice cancelling the lease of their portion of the land and erected a “No Trespassers” sign on the 2nd hole. The owner is a real estate company called SET Support.

The Moriokaminami Golf Club recently entered civil rehabilitation procedures, and the majority of the club members gave approval for corporate restructuring in October 2011. SET Support claim they were not informed of the club meeting last year, despite purchasing part of the course one year prior.

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Iwate’s largest kominka to be historically listed

One of Tohoku’s finest and largest kominka’s from the late Edo Period, Kyu-Honokidate Residence, will soon be listed as an important cultural property. The main house and traditional storehouse sit on an 10,000 sqm block of land in Ichinohe Town, Iwate Prefecture.

The thatched-roof house has a total interior size of 490 sqm (5272 sqft) and was constructed in 1862. It was the home of a very wealthy farmer who owned extensive forestry and farmland. A total of 20 family members and servants were thought to have lived in the house at one time. The large dirt floor (doma) area on one side of the house was used as a workshop as well as a barn for horses and cattle.

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