Tsushima Island shrine gets restored with the help of Ghost of Tsushima players. Players of the Ghost of Tsushima have helped fund $260,000 to help restore a real-life shrine on Tsushima Island in Japan.
On September 7 2020, a typhoon hit the island, destroying the Torii gate situated at the shrine. One of the shrine’s priests, Yuichi Hirayama, created a crowdfunding page in November with the goal of raising 5,000,000 Yen ($47,500). The crowdfunding effort to rebuild a Torii gate at Watatsumi Shrine, in the centre of the island, hit its original goal with help from the game’s community.
Hirayama later wrote that the fund “received a great deal of support from the players of the Ghost of Tsushima game.” Over 2,000 people donated more than $27,000,000 Yen, or around $260,000, which is over 500% of the initial goal.
Rebuilding work on the gate is scheduled to begin in April and finish by August, although progress could be slowed by COVID-19 restrictions. Those who contributed to the initiative more than 10,000 Yen (about $95) will have their names embedded on a stainless steel plate that will be laid as part of the reconstruction process.