Watch how traditional Japanese craftsmanship is done in a series of videos from Gucci Japan
If I was to be reincarnated I would want to come back as a Japanese craftsman [second choice: bird, third: dolphin, fourth:horse,…]. These videos speak to my heart like no other. I love to watch craftspeople at work but the Japanese do it like no other nation. I can’t tell you how much my heart aches when I see such beauty so skilfully created.
One of the things about Japan that I’m always most curious about is the various traditional buildings and items that can be found, like the mikoshi. These are portable shrines of various sizes that get carried around during festive times. They’re incredibly intricate in their decorations and must require regular maintenance. This always leads me to wondering who makes these things and what is their business model? You don’t see any billboards for mikoshi manufacturers and yet the workshops and craftsmen are out there, somewhere doing their thing.
For another example, take this little mosaic box pictured above. You may have seen a similar one before, but do you know how it’s made? You might be surprised at where the pattern actually comes from and thanks to a series of videos put out on YouTube, we can get a glimpse at how traditional handmade Japanese goods are painstakingly created.
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