Ghost Of Tsushima Fans Crowdfund Repairs To Real-Life Shrine

Fans of Ghost of Tsushima have helped to raise more than enough money to repair a damaged shrine on the real-life island of Tsushima.


Ghost of Tsushima is known for its picturesque landscapes, but now the community has pitched in to help make the real world a little more picturesque as well. Fans have helped to raise money to rebuild a shrine on the actual island of Tsushima that was damaged during a recent typhoon.

A crowdfunding page for the Watatsumi Shrine in Tsushima started in November to repair the shrine, which concluded on Sunday with $260,000, far above the $47,500 goal. A priest at the shrine, Yuichi Hirayama, noted the involvement of the game community in a thank you note on the crowdfunding page. The Shrine plans to engrave the names of supporters on a stone monument.

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"We have received a great deal of support from the players of the Ghost of Tsushima game set in Tsushima, and I feel that it is God's guidance," Hirayama wrote (via VGC). "I am very grateful for the support of so many people during a cramped life due to the coronavirus and the challenging economic situation."

Watatsumi Shrine is in central Tsushima, and is not included in the game centered around the territory. A tourism site details other landmarks featured in the game.

Watatsumi Shrine is situated in central Tsushima, dedicated to the deities Hikohohodemino Mikoto and Toyotamabime. Although the exact shrine does not feature in the Ghost of Tsushima game, players can visit many landmarks from the real island, as detailed by a tourism collaboration site.

Ghost of Tsushima released in July 2020, and was followed up by the free addition of the Legends multiplayer mode. It was named one of GameSpot's Best Games of 2020.

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