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Historic Stones from Osaka Castle’s Walls to Feature in Expo 2025 Toilets

OSAKA, Feb 13 (News On Japan) –
Stones as soon as destined for the partitions of Osaka Castle, however by no means used and therefore nicknamed “regrettable stones,” are set to be repurposed for restroom amenities at subsequent 12 months’s Osaka-Kansai Expo, sparking a backlash from involved residents.

These stones, extracted some 400 years in the past through the early Edo interval from mountains across the Kizugawa space in Kyoto for the citadel’s reconstruction, ended up unused. Local Kizugawa City has been contemplating methods to make the most of these historic stones, resulting in the modern but contentious thought of utilizing them as pillars for a restroom constructing on the Expo website.

Kizugawa City’s Cultural Property Protection Division sees this as a chance to boost consciousness in regards to the stones and the town. The plan, initiated with out altering or damaging the stones to make sure their return, goals to breathe life into structure utilizing the legacy of those stones. However, this distinctive utilization has drawn criticism from each consultants and the general public, with issues in regards to the appropriateness of utilizing culturally vital stones in such a context.

Despite the mission’s intentions to spotlight the stones’ historic significance, together with plans for explanatory shows on the Expo, voices from the area people categorical combined emotions. Some see the potential for better public engagement with the stones’ historical past as constructive, whereas others really feel {that a} extra dignified use, akin to in a museum setting, would higher honor their legacy.

Experts in archaeology and chateau research voice vital issues over the repurposing, stating the potential lack of historic data embedded within the stones’ authentic use and markings. These stones, meticulously marked for his or her supposed placement inside Osaka Castle’s partitions, signify a important piece of historical past that dangers being obscured if used as vertical pillars.

As Kizugawa City strikes ahead with the plan, it commits to fastidiously explaining its rationale, hoping to safe understanding and help for a mission that walks the road between modern reuse and preservation of historic integrity.

Source: ANN