Church Rebuilding Project Delayed for Excavation of Hanakuma Castle

Daily Yomiuri: Kobe Eiko Church, damaged in an earthquake in 1995, will have to wait a little longer for repairs as researchers excavate archaeological sites from three separate periods, including the ruins of Hanakuma Castle. Rev. Kazuo Aiura may not be getting his church back anytime soon, but still says that he is excited about the recent archaeological finds on the site. Pottery pieces ranging from 300 B.C.E. to 1192 C.E. were found when researchers conducted seven digs. The pieces are from the Nara period (710-794), Heian period (794-1192), and Yayoi period (ca 300 B.C.E.-ca C.E. 300). The church was built in 1923 on the former site of Sannomiya Station and the ruins of Hanakuma Castle.