In Japan, Repairing Buildings Without a Single Nail

In Japan, Repairing Buildings Without a Single Nail

In the past, making and developing metal was too costly for carpenters in Japan. So instead of using nails, carpenters called “miyadaiku” developed unique methods for interlocking pieces of wood together, similar to a giant 3D puzzle. Takahiro Matsumoto has been a miyadaiku carpenter for over 40 years. He runs his company in Kamakura, Japan, where he assesses and repairs damage sustained by the many ancient temples in his city. Using ancient techniques, he ensures that these spiritual structures stay standing for generations to come.

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20 Replies to “In Japan, Repairing Buildings Without a Single Nail”

  1. The Japanese were crazy geniuses since long ago I didn't know nailless wooden buildings were a thing till now I admire this country for all of it ingenuity and culture

  2. This is why I laugh when I see a history channel special saying not even our modern machines could replicate this. Ancient peoples perfecting a craft over generations should not be underestimated, they were capable of doing things by hand we could never dream of.

  3. Okay. Its good and all. But, dont forget that red arc gate which didn't collapse from an atomic bomb and tsunami.

    Now, what are those mare of? Nokia?

  4. If I lived in Japan, I would tell my kids to consider becoming a miyadaiku instead of going to expensive yet meaningless college because I think neither automation nor AI can get rid of this craftsmanship job any time soon.

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