As many know by now, Shuri Castle in Okinawa, an important piece of Ryukyu cultural heritage, suffered a devastating fire on October 31st 2019. As ongoing dialogues continue about how and when the reconstruction will take place, over two dozen volunteer researchers, students, and engineers are now pioneering a digital reconstruction project, the OUR Shurijo Shuri Castle Digital Reconstruction みんなの首里城デジタル復元プロジェクト , to preserve the Shuri Castle that was.
The group hopes to use Computer Vision (CV), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Virtual Reality (VR) based on composites from user-submitted digital media to tackle this problem. Do you have photos or other media of Shuri Castle? If so, visit their website (which is available in English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai) to contribute to the project!