The ‘tombstone village’ built by Korean refugees on a Japanese cemetery is finally completed.
About a year ago when the village was being built on an old Japanese cemetery, everyone thought it would be a simple matter to complete the village, but the project turned out to be quite complicated.
The Korean group had built a stone house, a shoproom, a nursery school, and a restaurant, as there are many Koreans in Takahama — about 350.
The Korean residents of Takahama were planning to construct a tombstone village to commemorate the lives, contributions and deaths of their relatives in Japan.
The ‘tombstone village’ is finally completed.
It looked like a simple and easy project, but things quickly took a turn for the worse.
A large part of the village is built of stones and dirt, and the roof of the village only has 15 roof tiles in total. The local residents decided to build a concrete roof for the village.
But in order to complete the village, the Korean residents had to dig a trench along the side of the village, and pour the concrete for the roof.
In order to prevent a crack in the concrete roof, the construction company asked them to use a concrete mold and pour the concrete. The Koreans said it was all their fault that it happened.
“I asked them to stop building the village, as I thought it was too difficult to complete the village with them,” said Mr. Kim Hyung Min, a local resident. “But they said they would go ahead with it.”
But the Korean group did not stop there. They continued working on the village. They used 2,000 tiles of the roof to prepare the concrete. The Korean residents of Takahama had to make 200 molds for the concrete, but the concrete mold is still not finished.
The Korean construction group continues to work on the village, but even they have no more money.
The ‘tombstone village’ was originally launched as an act to commemorate the lives, contributions and deaths of their relatives in Japan.
The Takahama residents decided to build a tombstone village this year, expecting that an act was born, but things are not done like they expected. The village is still very far from completion.
However, the Korean residents who completed the village, have been awarded