This sign was posted on the seawall, close to the ryokan. The shore is being reshaped to help prevent flooding.
Here's the photo of the storm. It's obvious that the seawall is not the answer, but that widening the beach helps.
Here is the transition from new beach to old seawall. It's a work in progress.
Looking back the other way, at the older seawall step system.
They also tried this more direct barrier wall, with a breakwater to diminish the water's force. In the storm picture above, you can see that this isn't working.
And here is the worst of the situation. The water is under-cutting the seawall, which will lead to it's collapse.
So what is the problem, anyway. Well, the shrine location is 650 years old, and the ryokan is 130 years old.
Sea level is now more than a foot higher since the ryokan was built. It's been in the same family all this time, and they confirmed that the water level is higher now.
Hence the need for the seawall, and it's continued improvement. In another 130 years, at times, that ryokan will be below sea level.
Along the seawall, these stainless steel doors were located at regular intervals. It was ok to open them, just make sure to close them behind you!
The large locking screw mechanism was fairly easy to use.
You can see the water going right through the barrier. That's ok, it's job it take out some of the force.
From here, you can see how close to sea level this region is. It is vulnerable.
Even under the school's playing field, there is a drainage ditch and a pumping system. This area is dealing with rising sea levels.
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