Issue 7, May 2019

Issue 7, May 2019

In this issue, we interviewed six people on the theme “Living Wooden Culture of Lake Biwa” and presented articles that delved into the vibrant scene there. We featured six experts are those who are familiar with wooden and culture around Lake Biwa and are active in their respective fields. The area around Lake Biwa is rich in nature. In particular, forest areas make up half of Shiga Prefecture. Since ancient times, Japanese people have lived and worked on the heavily forested mountains, made wooden tools, and lived with wooden items in their lives. From woodcarving and woodturning to old and new Japanese-style houses, and gardens, both old and new, we can see that wood has always been an essential part of Japanese life. This time, we talked with the experts about Japanese wood culture that closely relates to our life. From these interviews, I hope that you can feel the rich life of Japanese woods through photographs.

  • The family woodcarving tradition in the artisan community: Mori Sculpture House
  • The birthplace of kijishi (woodturner): Woodturning Craft Museum
  • Inheriting the tradition of 1200 years in the sacred place of the woodturners: Tsutsui Rokuro
  • Protecting the climate of thatched-house life: Shiratani-sō Museum of History and Folklore / Kayabuki-no-sato (thatched-house village), Shiratani-sō
  • A long-established gardening business making use of local trees and the environment: Omi Hanakatsu Zoen, Inc.
  • Processing trees grown in local area with carpenters knowing the local climate: Sakata Building Contractor, Inc.

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