Japanese carpenter Kai Nobuo

Nobuo Kai  Aso, Kumamoto

"Kai enjoys hand-crafting things more than having 3 meals a day", as described by a local article. 

For 50 years, Kai works as a Dai-ku san* and is still active as a builder.  In 2005, he started crafting small wood objects.  Every day after work, he would bury himself in his woodshop, making craft objects using mill ends from construction, working late into the night.  He also works with forestry professionals to find ways to utilized the quality cedar left from forest-thinning. 

”This is as much fun as building houses”, said Kai.  He decided this would be something nice to keep doing as he ages and may not be able to continue to work on-site as often in later years.

“Daiku” in Japan refers to craftsperson specializes in construction of wood dwellings

Photo © Noriko Masuda. Taketombo Corp.

Special thanks to Noriko Masuda in co-authoring stories on Aso forestry. 

Japanese carpentry

Photo by Noriko Masuda


THINNING is an important practice in the forestry industry to maintain the well-being of forests.