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Volunteers joined in Monday to help with the reconstruction of the historic Shuri Castle, an Okinawa landmark destroyed by fire last year, cleaning the distinctive red roof tiles that are to be used in the restoration.

The volunteer work had been delayed nearly three weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. When they were finally able to pitch in, around 50 participants began removing plaster from the roof tiles of the Hokuden north hall, Nanden south hall and the guardhouse, which had all burned to the ground in the Oct. 31 fire.

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