A Canadian teenager has been questioned in Japan after he carved his identify right into a picket pillar at an Eighth-century temple.
Police mentioned the incident happened within the Toshodaiji Kondo temple final week, which is within the metropolis of Nara.
Chatting with CNN, officers mentioned: « On the pillars to the facet, the boy carved ‘Julian’ on a picket pillar about 170cm above the bottom along with his nail. »
The 17-year-old has been questioned on suspicion of violating the cultural properties safety legislation in Japan.
The monument’s Golden Temple can be designated as a nationwide treasure.
In accordance with The Mainichi, a newspaper in Japan, a letter « J » was discovered 4cm lengthy and 5cm extensive – and the identify « Julian » was 2.5cm lengthy and 10cm extensive on the pillar.
A Japanese vacationer reportedly noticed the brand new inscriptions being made and initially intervened, earlier than alerting employees on the temple.
The boy reportedly mentioned he had no intention of harming Japanese tradition.
He won’t be detained, however an investigation will proceed.
A Buddhist temple, Toshodaiji Kondo was constructed within the Eighth century and was designated as a UNESCO world heritage web site in 1998.
It’s a part of eight monuments within the metropolis referred to as the Historic Monuments of Historical Nara.
It comes after an analogous story in Rome final month the place a vacationer carved his identify into the wall of the Colosseum utilizing a key.
He was filmed finishing up the vandalism and was made to write down an apology to the town’s prosecutor.
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