October 31 fire destroyed Shuri Castle, part of a World Heritage Site
in Okinawa, Japan. The castle was originally built in the late 14th
century and stood as a symbol of Okinawan identity. Over the centuries
it has suffered occasional damage, most recently during World War II,
when it burned down. But each time it has risen again from the ashes.
This time, a group of researchers, students, and engineers are working
to gather images and videos of the castle in order to create an accurate
and detailed digital reconstruction of the castle.
If you have visited the site and are in possession of memories, images, or videos of the castle, please check out the ‘OUR Shurijo’ website
to learn more about how to contribute them to the project. The project has already published a work-in-progress model
of the castle on Sketchfab and is now focusing on refining details and improving the overall quality of the model.
Here at Sketchfab, we think that cultural heritage is important
, which is why we are helping to get the word out.