Traditional Japanese TempleMiyadaiku (宮大工) – a carpenter who specializes in Japanese temples and shrines. Due to the decline in demand/popularity for traditional Japanese architecture as a whole in recent years, the number of those who are taking up this profession have decreased dramatically. There are several accompanying reasons for this:

– in Japanese carpentry, it is widely considered the highest achievement in terms of necessary skill. It therefore requires a significant amount of training, during which pay is generally low and days long. They say it takes at least 5 years, often 10, to become a skilled miyadaiku in your own right.

– traditional Japanese structures are expensive undertakings. By nature, Japanese architecture deals extensively with raw wood, much of it being shaped and prepared by hand. And anyone who deals extensively with wood will know that wood cannot be rushed. Wood takes time. Whether it’s to plane into a desired shape or notch, wood must be worked with patience. In other words, this type of craftsmanship cannot be bought cheaply.

Potential miyadaiku are faced with the reality of a long and arduous journey at the end of which there no longer is the recognition, job security, and high income that was once practically guaranteed.

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