Hello, Followers and Visitors! I’d like to ask for your help in sharing this image/request. The City of Matsue is on the hunt for early Meiji era material that will be helpful in reconstructing a historically accurate main gate (Ootemon) at Matsue Castle, and is offering a short-term financial reward. Please dust off your history books and see if you have something hiding in there, or send it to your academic communities to get some students on a hunt through the university collections to see what they can uncover. We appreciate it!

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WANTED: Photos of Matsue Castle’s main gate
REWARD: 5,000,000 YEN
Matsue Castle was completed in 1611 and is one of Japan’s remaining original castles, but the main gate (Ootemon 大手門) was torn down in 1875. The City of Matsue would like to reconstruct a historically accurate gate, and is looking for pictures or documents that may be hiding in family albums or books published outside Japan with material from the early Meiji period. A 5 million yen reward will be offered for material that is deemed applicable to the reconstruction process. Submission deadline is March 31, 2014, so SHARE this picture with your friends, families and universities before time runs out!
>More information (in Japanese): http://www1.city.matsue.shimane.jp/bosyu/ootemon/shiryobosyu.html
>Email questions and submissions to: matsuecityguide@gmail.com
>Matsue City Sightseeing Website: http://www.visit-matsue.com

>問い合わせ:松江市産業観光部観光施設課松江城国宝化推進室 TEL0852-55-5594

Happy hunting, and thanks for sharing!