Kitayama cedar for a garden
Kitayama cedar is a popular tree for Japanese architecture and Japanese garden.I have a few Kitayama cedars in my garden. They haven't been pruned for a long time.But they should be got pruned every year.So I asked a gardener to prune them. You can see before(left) and after(right). Big difference!It got much better isn't it!?Why don't you get a Kitayama cedar for your garden?I think it suits a modern building as well.
New style of traditional wood work "MURAYAMA MOKKO"
The other day, I went to see a Sashimonoshi(Traditional cabinetmaker) Mr. Shinichi Murayama.He makes beautiful woodworks without nails. And His company "MURAYAMA MOKKO" makes huge interior using 3D Kumiko Zaiku technique(Kumiko Zaiku is like a wooden super fine muntin).This technique has been used in Japanese architecture only.But Murayama Mokko uses this technique for western hotel and chapel and makes a beautiful decoration like huge wooden artwork.So cool.For the big work, they use a few hundred thousand parts to build it by using hand one by one.This work above photo becomes photo below.An artisan using a thread saw.The photo below is a wooden lamp used thread sawed parts.It takes enormous time to make these 3D great works.Not many artisans can make these.Mr. Murayama says "Designers ask me tall orders that other artisans would refuse. But I would take any difficult orders. I love challenging, it's fun. And That is the chance for us to show our skills. "I think Murayama Mokko is our hope to pass our tradition wood work to the next generations.From small things to huge things any Kumiko woodwork you can ask them to make it.Check their website to see more works. --------株式会社 村山木工 MURAYAMA MOKKOhttps://www.mu-wood.com/20 Kamenoko, Higae-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi075-853-0481
Season of rice field
The rice fields are filled with water, and you can hear the chorus of frogs from there from the end of April. Many farmers were planting rice in Golden Week.Most farmers use rice planters to plant rice seedlings in modern times.Rice planters are a bit like Gundam and they look cool. Their speed of planting is incredible.They have 6 to 8 hands on the back, and they will plant rice seedlings one after another in a row.Maybe about 100 times faster than manpower.And their work is neat and tidy.If there is no rice planter from this world, rice would be super expensive and we might have rice riots.Oh, thanks to the great invention.Personally, I like the traditional farming method of hand planting and hand harvesting as a picture, but I don't want to have rice riots for that.I have tried to grow rice by hand planting and harvesting rice with my friends before. It was tough. It took me more times and efforts than I had imagined doing so.If you think about cost-effectiveness, better not try growing rice by hand, just buy it.But making rice was fun and the joy of harvesting was fantastic.When I was taking a walk, I saw an uncle rice farmer doing something, and I talked to him. This is quite sudden, butSatoyama quiz! !Q. What exactly is he doing?1.Treasure hunting2. Preparing to set up a net for deer to not come in the field.3. killing insects that eat rice.4. Blocking holes made by moles. Hint.Uncle is checking something near the water exit.The answer is below the picture. The answer was "4.Blocking holes made by moles.".The reason why he is blocking the hole is to keep the water in the rice field.If there is a hole in the rice field you need to open the gate of water channel all the time. By doing so the water temperature gets lower and that's not good for growing rice.Because rice is originally from the tropics, so they like warmer temperature.Also, if the water is drained from the field, weeds will grow.To make delicious rice, it's very good to have a big temperature gap between daytime and nighttime.Rice store starches (deliciousness)by photosynthesis in daytimes and rice consume their starch when the night temperature is high.Keihoku rice is delicious.We have a big temperature gap and have beautiful mountain water.You can understand this if you try Keihoku rice.So you can buy this rice at farmer's market Woody Keihoku, so give it a try.
BLOGArt & Craft
Welcome to the forest of craft
There is craft exhibition and sale "Keihoku forest crafts" from May 3rd to 6 th.Six craftmen are joining this exhibition and I introduce one of them for this time.I visited "atelier kiku" the other day.She makes western style potteries. She likes warm taste of potteries and trying to make them harmany with antiques.(Western dishware is china (used crashed stone) in General.)I like her works that are very gentle. I asked her about the exhibition's PR point.She said "There are many craftsmen in Keihoku. I would be very happy if you can feel the joy of creation and the vibes of nature from the our various works."Please come and have look the exhibition and find your favorite!ーーーーーー◎Keihoku forest craftsPeriod: Friday, May 3, Saturday on the 4th, Sunday on the 5th and Monday on the 6thPlace: Woody Keihoku Inquiries: Eureka 090-5098-1514.(Participating craftsmen)Eureka instagram.com/eureka.woodwork.Atelier Senta http://k-senta.com/atelier kiku https://atelier-kiku.jimdo.com/Wood craft KAJIAtelier Chie (Natural plant dyeing)BE-BLESS
Wood craft "Yorozuan"
93% of Keihoku area is forest.Keihoku forests produce one of most famous type of tree called Kitayama cider.Kitayama cider is used as pillar of tea room and Tokonoma Alcove.But japanese new buildings don't have a Japanese room now a days.Kitayama cider is not popular anymore as used to be.Wood craft Yorozuan's owner Mr. Fujiwara is tryingto put new value for kitayama cider by making kitayama cider wood craft.He has a printer for wood, so he makes wooden postcards and many kind of products.You can buy his works at Yorozuan or woody Keihoku.It would be a great souvenir from Keihoku.Yorozuanhttp://www.yorozuan.com/
Get a lumberjacks goods
No Kikori No Satoyama (Kikori is lumberjack in Japanese.)We want to inherit skills and spirits of lumberjacks for next generations. Kyoto Keihoku lumberjack championship will be held in collaboration with the Kyoto Keihoku Trail Running Competition and will be held jointly on Saturday, April 20th and Sunday 21st.And, to get more people to know the lumberjacks and the championship, we set up cloud funding.You can get a nice returns such as key ring and wood crafts, caricature by lunberjack painter (Mr. Seigo Yotsutsuji will draw), woodcutter towel, coffin of Hinoki by Iguchi wood and so on.Illustrations by Mr.Seigo Yotsutsuji are quite punchy and interesting.For details, click here. https://www.makuake.com/project/keihoku-kikori/Why don't you take this opportunity.Of course I also helped.Kyoto Keihoku Woodcutter Skills Competition April 20 (Sat) 9: 00-16: 30 Experience Attractions Sunday, April 21 (Sunday) 9: 00-16: 30 Games For details, please visit https://keihoku-kikori.com/Keihoku Trail Running CompetitionApril 20 (Saturday) For details, please see http://trailrun.kyoto-keihoku.jp/ Please read the blog (the town of lumberjacks "KEIHOKU") to know more about lumberjacks.
Thatched roof house
We still have many thatched roof houses in Kyoto mountainous area. That's attracting many people from all over the world. It's like a being in the samurai movie, and people still live in the thatched roof houses.I want to keep these houses and the scenery of its lifestyle for the next generations.I think the thatched houses are crazy in common sense of the 21st century. I mean unbelievable and fantastic!!Because, roof is made of pampas grass.Using the grass growing everywhere.*(*to have good pampas grass for the roof, need to maintain the grass fields.)It is the ultimate eco-friendly roof material.The architecture of thatched roof house is one of the greatest wisdom of Satoyama lifestyle.*Satoyama; sustainable settlements where nature and humans closely live together in harmony.
The town of lumberjacks "KEIHOKU"
Forestry is indispensable, whenever we describe Keihoku, and the history goes far back to more than 1,000 years ago. In some area of Keihoku, there living descendants of people who were ordered to settle down here and grow trees for construction of the old capital by emperor family during 7th century.It was not until we had moved to Keihoku that we met 'lumberjacks'. They are all big, loud, drink a lot, and very wild. Their mountains are really steep and dangerous as they are not of course organized for hiking. The slightest mistake could result in a fatal accident. The sight of these cut down trees might seem shocking in a way. But those trees were planted many generations ago, and since then they have been cared for many years. If people don't care for them properly, the mountain will be all gone to pot, and trees which grow too much cause land sliding. After they cut trees, they plant new trees for another 100-year generation. One lumberjack from Keihoku write his blog about forestry, and it's very funny and interesting. If you want to know more about forestry, please check it out!https://4224.jp/blog/