Inuyama Castle damaged by lightning strike

Inuyama Castle damaged by lightning strike
Inuyama Castle, damaged by a lightning strike, is seen Thursday in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture.
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NAGOYA - City officials in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, surveyed the damage Thursday morning to a statue that was struck by lightning atop Inuyama Castle.

Known as a shachihoko, the statue depicted a mythical fish with a lion like head. It stood on top of a tower on Inuyama Castle, a national treasure, which was struck Wednesday.

About 10 people from the city's board of education and fire department examined the castle grounds and deployed a drone to better ascertain the extent of the damage.

They found that most of the 1.2-meter-tall statue had been destroyed, and four or five pieces of the fin were scattered around the castle grounds.

Located on the property's north side near the Kisogawa river, the shachihoko statue was one of two erected during a 1964 restoration project.

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