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The roof of the newly renovated Tokyo Station is covered with the slates survived the tsunami in 2011.  Original Japanese text from the Asahi Shimbun Digital with English translation.



赤れんが駅舎「復興のシンボルに」 宮城の石、屋根飾る

Red brick station to be “a symbol of recovery”

Roof decorated with stone from tsunami-hit Miyagi

Image: 47news.jp


Completed with the restoration work, the Tokyo Station Marunouchi building has reverted to the original figure in 1914.  The stone called natural slate from Miyagi prefecture, roofed over the building, survived the tsunami of the Great East Japan Earthquake.  The local manufacturers hope that it becomes a symbol of recovery that the local people are striving to.


Image: asahi.com
Workers are collecting tsunami-washed slates in April, 2011.

10月1日のお披露目を前にした丸の内駅舎の中央屋根には、漆黒のスレート1万5千枚がびっしりとふかれていた。納品した宮城県石巻市の「四倉製瓦工業 所」社長、四倉年思也(としなり)さん(65)は29日に上京し、完成した屋根を眺める予定だ。「2億5千万年前の石が、千年に1度の大津波に勝った。日 本一の駅にぴったりでしょうね」と話す。

The roof of the center building in the recovered station, which is to unveiled on the first of October, is fully covered with 15 thousand jet-black slates.  The president of a slate manufacturer Yotsukura Tile Manufacturing Company, Mr. Toshinari Yotsukura (65) will come to Tokyo to see the completed roof.  He said “The stone from 250 million years ago won the huge tsunami once in a thousand years.  It should be perfect match to the top railway station in Japan.”


Image: kajima.co.jp
The roof of the Tokyo Station covered with natural slates.

スレートは石巻市雄勝町や同県登米市の採石場から切り出された粘板岩でできている。切り出したブロック状の石を厚さ5~7ミリほどに割り、縦横を30セ ンチ以下に削ると高級屋根材に生まれ変わる。駅舎の工事を行った鹿島建設(東京都港区)によると、駅舎に使われた天然スレートは約45万枚。雄勝産と登米 産のほか、元々の駅舎屋根に使われていた登米産を補修し、国内産は計12万6千枚。不足分はスペイン産でおぎなった。

The slate is made from clayslate cut out of the quarry in Ogatsu-cho and Tome-shi, Ishinomaki city, Miyagi prefecture.  The block of slate is split to 5 to 7 mm thick sheets, then they are ground down to less than 30 cm square, turning into a high-rank roof material.  According to the constructor Kajima Corporation, they used about 450 thousands natural slates for the station building, which include 126 thousands from Ogatu-cho and Tome-shi some of which were originally roofed and repaired, and the slates from Spain.

Ogatsu-cho hit by the tsunami on March 11, 2011.

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