World Monument Fund announces grant to support restoration of cultural heritage in Japan

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NEW YORK - On the second anniversary of the earthquake of March 11, 2011, that caused so much distraction to eastern Japan, the World Monuments Fund (WMF) has announced a grant of $250,000 (£165,000) to help recovery efforts in some of the areas most affected by the terrible event. In particular, the funding will target the community in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, that will be able to restore and preserve its historic cityscape that was heavily damaged in 2011.
The grant was presented at a ceremony held at Kesennuma City Hall on March 10, 2013. The funds will be used to undertake the restoration of seven buildings; six of which are designated as Registered Cultural Property by the Japanese Government agency Bunkacho (Agency for Cultural Affairs).
The funds provided by WMF with support by the Freeman Foundation will be boosting local funds provided by The Foundation for Cultural Heritage and Art Research with support from Hermés Japon Co., Ltd.
WMF has already provided funds in 2012 to restore seven machiya buildings in the historic town of Sawara, Chiba Prefecture. This second grant is intended to raise awareness among the public of the need for continue urgent support for those small communities that do not receive a great deal of attention.
For more information about this grant and the work of the World Monuments Fund, please visit: http://www.wmf.org/news