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Making models of historical architectures is the heart of our work. We produce historical and cultural buildings such as temples, shrines, towers, fortresses, private houses and towns. The reproduction of structures that no longer exist require aspects of many academic elements, expert knowledge, experience and skill, from the initial design to the finished product.

Goju-No-To, Five-storied pagoda (Type for set outdoor)
[Scale 1/20; Height about 2m]

This is the five storied pagoda model established in our Japanese garden. This beautiful and balanced model may be set outdoors, and is a reminder of the five storied pagoda at Daigo-ji Temple. The structure is made with Hinoki, Japanese cypress, roofed with individual ceramic tiles and topped with metal ornaments.
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Rajo-Mon, Rajo Gate
[Scale 1/50; Height about 45cm]
Rajo-Mon is at the southern entrance of Heian-Kyo. In 1994 the work was joined at the memorial to display the entire model of Heian-Kyo, in celebration of the moving of the capital to Kyoto 1200 years ago.
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AZEKURA
[Scale 1/10; Height about 80cm]

This is one of the small Azekura-made sheds famous for Shoso-In. Azeki wood is combined one by one in the way of Shikuchi, a method of wood construction using no bond. Kyo-zo and Ho-zo at Toshodai-Ji Temple are of the existing Azekura.

"Unique Japanese Historical Wooden Architectures"
There are still many historical wooden architectures in Japan. Only in Japan are there so many periods and types of wooden architectures. Japan has four seasons and many types of geographical and climatic features. Many types of structures were made and remained while the unique culture of Japanese construction was developing at the base of Eurasian culture.
"Technique and Heart for Elaborate Reproduction"
The models of the historical architectures are made in the same way as a real architectures would be constructed, beginning from the initial design, production of almost ten thousand elaborate hand made parts and then the assembly. We reproduce the Japanese structures in all their beauty so you may enjoy it up close.
 
Examples of Structure Model of National Treasure and World Heritage

Byo-Do-In Ho-o-Do (Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture)
Byo-Do-In Ho-o-Do is a Japanese national treasure and has been registered as a World Cultural Treasure by UNESCO. During the Heian period it was originally a retreat owned by Fujiwara no Michinaga and was converted into a temple by his son Yorimichi. It is an airy and graceful Buddhist structure representing the beauty of Japanese architecture. It is named Ho-o-Do because the central hall flanked by two wings with a corridor behind looks phoenix-like, the mythical bird known as Ho-o. A Ho-o effigy is displayed at the ridge.

 
Jo-ruri Ji Sanju-no To, Jo-ruri Ji Temple, Three-storied pagoda (Soraku county, Kyoto prefecture)
The main temple is also registered as a national treasure. It reflects its beautiful name as it is a delicate, airy and elegant pagoda. The scenery with the mass of clams is a reproduction of "Jo-do (the Pure Land)".
 
 
Matsumoto Jo, Matsumoto Castle (Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture)
This is another national treasure. It is named "Crow Castle" after the black wall. It was built during the Momoyama period. The castle tower with its powerful and grave beauty is awe-inspiring.
 
Jyo-An (Inuyamashi, Aichi prefecture)
This is the tearoom built by Oda Nobunaga's brother, Oda Yurakusai, and a typical example of 'SUKIYA' construction. It was designated as a national treasure in 1936 and the most valuable in regard to the history of the tea ceremony.
 
Japan, the country that still has many beautiful historical structures
The Japanese have cherished wooden structures. Wooden constructions older than the eighth century no longer remain in other parts of the world. It is said in neighboring China, the main shrine in Nanzen-Ji is the only one that still remains. However, about thirty wooden structures still exist in Japan. Currently about 2,500 buildings are designated as important cultural properties, and some especially valuable buildings are national treasures.


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