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It turns out people aren't completely awful after all. You may remember that late last year, Ghost of Tsushima fans worked together to ensure that a torii gate that was destroyed in a tropical storm on the real-life island of Tsushima could be fully repaired via a successful crowdfunding campaign launched by Yuichi Hirayama, a priest at Tsushima's Watatsumi Shrine.
The campaign came to an end on Sunday with more than 540% of its goal raised. Hirayami was aiming for 5,000,000 JPY ($47,500). In the end, an incredible 27,103,882 JPY was donated. That's roughly $260k - a little over a quarter of a million dollars.
"We have received a great deal of support from the players of the Ghost of Tsushima game set in Tsushima, and I feel that it is God's guidance," Hirayama wrote on the crowdfunding page (via VGC).
In September, Typhoon Haishen was the first super typhoon of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season, tearing through North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and northeastern parts of China with 195 kilometer per hour winds. While the island of Tsushima is no stranger to extreme weather conditions, the near-total destruction of one of the island's sacred torii gates came as an unprecedented shock.
Torii feature in Ghost Of Tsushima, which is set on a version of the island during the thirteenth century. As in real-life, these sacred gates signify the way to Shinto shrines. In the game, visiting these shrines will reward the player with certain perks and buffs. While the version of Tsushima in Ghost Of Tsushima takes some liberties, geographically speaking, it has been praised for its historical attention to detail.
"There's like a notion that Westerners don't understand things (about Japan), but that hypothesis itself is mistaken," said the executive director of the Yakuza series, Toshihiro Nagoshi last year. "There are numerous things I bow my head to, like aiming at setting a game in that time period...I could go on and on," said Nagoshi. "I feel an earnest sense of a job well done."
Hirayama hopes that once the pandemic is over that the shrine will be visited by the supporters of the campaign.
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