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Shoring Up the Okinawa Japan Temple Excavation

Excavation for the substructure of the Okinawa Japan Temple has been carried out, and support structures are being installed to shore up the cavity walls. Concrete work is expected to follow. The temple is being constructed in Okinawa City, located in Central Okinawa. It is the second-largest city on the beautiful island, following the capital city of Naha in Southern Okinawa.

Drilling Equipment Arrives at the Okinawa Japan Temple Site

New machinery has arrived at the Okinawa Japan Temple site that will drill for the support structure beneath the temple foundation. The expertly designed temple will fit beautifully on the narrow lot that previously served as a parking area. Over the past few weeks the ground has been cleared of rocks and debris to prepare it for construction.

Construction Activity at the Okinawa Japan Temple Site

Heavy equipment arrived this weekend at the Okinawa Japan Temple site to begin construction on Japan's fourth temple. Before the groundbreaking ceremony, the asphalt was removed, and a solid white barrier was installed around the narrow lot that previously served as overflow parking. An excavator is breaking up the ground, unearthing debris, and beginning the work of excavation for the substructure. Watch a beautiful groundbreaking highlights video.

Groundbreaking Held for the Okinawa Japan Temple

"Despite the small gathering, we are extremely grateful as we meet to consecrate this island for the building of a holy temple this day," said Elder Takashi Wada, Asia North Area president, who presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Okinawa Japan Temple on Saturday, December 5, 2020. The two-story, 10,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on half-acre parking lot next to an existing meetinghouse that will be remodeled to include a patron waiting area. In his dedicatory prayer, Elder Wada prayed, "Please watch over the people on this island; may all be inspired by thy spirit and recognize the eternal significance of this sacred project."

Okinawa Japan Temple Groundbreaking Slated for December

Ground will be broken for the Okinawa Japan Temple in December 2020. Elder Takashi Wada, president of the Asia North Area, will preside at the service. The two-story, 10,000-square-foot building will be constructed on a half-acre parking lot adjacent to an existing meetinghouse, which will be remodeled to include a patron waiting area. It will be the fourth temple built in Japan, joining the Tokyo Japan Temple, Fukuoka Japan Temple, and Sapporo Japan Temple.

Take a Look at the Okinawa Japan Temple

The Okinawa Japan Temple will be a two-story building of approximately 10,000 square feet, as revealed today in an exterior rendering released to the public. Plans also call for a temple patron arrival center to be added to the adjacent Okinawa Ward meetinghouse. The temple's location near the Kadena Air Base and just off the Okinawa Expressway will make it easily accessible from locations throughout the island.