Hello, and welcome to Free and Handy! I’m Aigo Shimonaka, a Japanese citizen, but raised in an English-speaking environment. Thus, my first language is English. Free and Handy was created for the purpose of providing unique and useful information and help on a handful of themes, ranging from DIY and carpentry to science and the environment to life here in Japan. Check out my sitemap for a full list of all pages!
I am currently a contract carpenter (since 2012) working in the steel-ALC-wood house-building industry (Hebel Haus/Asahi Kasei Homes), which provides me with the opportunity to learn and work alongside dedicated, cutting-edge professionals in this field. It is my hope that the information contained herein will be beneficial to those who don’t have the luxury of first-hand experience, but yet need help and counsel as they tackle various DIY/building projects.
Posts and pages are generally written in article format with relevant images and links to make your visit an educational and productive experience. All written content is original, authored by me (I make it a point to maintain at least this level of originality within my site), with some select videos and images borrowed. Definitions contained in the glossary are taken from online sources such as Wikipedia.
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