Work to restore the main tower of Kumamoto Castle was shown to media on Friday, about one year after a series of earthquakes struck Kumamoto City, western Japan.
City officials initially planned to preserve the structure with some repairs, but later it was found that there are cracks on pillars supporting the roof and other places.
They decided last month to dismantle and rebuild 3 sections of the main tower, including the entrance and part of the uppermost 6th floor.
On Friday, workers put up scaffolding, using cranes.
The main tower is now covered with sheets to prevent repair materials from falling. But the cover is highly transparent to allow people to see the tower from downtown.
The restoration of the main tower will be completed in 2 years.
A city official says he hopes people will enjoy the changing view of Kumamoto Castle as it is restored.
Source and image: NHK