Yuichi Hirayama, a priest at Tsushima’s Watatsumi Shrine, launched a crowdfunding page in November to help rebuild a Torii gate that recently collapsed during a typhoon.
“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 on the crowdfunding page.
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.
The Shrine’s Twitter page often posts about Ghost of Tsushima to discuss its accuracy (or lack of) compared to the real island.
“I am very grateful for the support of so many people during a cramped life due to the coronavirus and the challenging economic situation,” it wrote.
Repair work is expected to begin in April and complete by August. The Shrine intends to engrave the names of those who have supported more than 10,000 yen ($94) on a stone monument near the site.
Ghost of Tsushima released in July 2020 and became an immediate success, breaking the PlayStation original IP launch record previously held by