Miyadaiku: Japanese carpenters building and maintaining wooden buildings without any nails or electric tools

Japanese carpenters known as miyadaiku use centuries-old techniques in working with wood to build and maintain traditional structures such as temples and shrines.

Miyadaiku developed unique methods for interlocking pieces of wood together using distinctive woodworking joints. It involves building wooden furniture without the use of nails, screws, glue or electric tools.

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.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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