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APE…it will become the hub of local activities

2013年11月06日 00:53

Ape celebrated its second anniversary October 2013. Ape became the place where people could meet casually and has been indispensable for the community. However, it has to move in the near future.

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Ozuchi town office had discussed how to design the new town after the tsunami with local people. Their basic thinking is that houses should not be built in the area that was hit by the tsunami. This is because if another tsunami strikes, the same destruction will happen again; and another tsunami will surely come someday.

As this region is composed of a special terrain called rias coast, there are only a few high and flat places available to build houses. So, Ozuchi town has proposed the following plan;

1. Build a seawall 12.8m in hight
2. Raise the ground level of the building site.

Ape currently is located at the building site. That's why Ape will be closed in December 2013. It will be temporary, as Norishige, Ape's owner, has declared that it will be relocated and restored.

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On the other hand, Ape is trying to start a new project. Norishige is planning a tour to see the sea of Kirikiri in a sea kayak. On the tour, it will be possible to enjoy the scenery of a deserted island and the sea. It is a beautiful place that you can fully appreciate while paddling your kayak.

Ape Trek (Ape official site)

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Until now, it has not been fully utilized by locals despite there being a number of tourism resources available. It is difficult for the people who live locally to see how attractive it is. Norishige can now re-discover the beauty of the local because he had been living in Tokyo.

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In the wake of the tsunami, volunteers and supporters; people with the imagination and ability to take action, have gathered in this town. Efforts to re-discover the charm of the countryside and community activism will go on increasing. It's very exciting. I am looking forward to Ape being revived for people not only to gather, but it will also become the hub of local activities.

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