Japanese Lineages In Structural Design

Japan has a wealth of traditional craftsmanship. The traditional Japanese craftsman takes pride in the quality of his work and in the lineage of masters of which he is the living descendant. In traditional Japan, a young man entered a craft by becoming the disciple of a master and learning the practice as an apprentice. As the student’ skills and knowledge increased, he progressed through the stages of journeyman, craftsman and eventually master. This process was slow and took an average 8 years. When the student was finally approved by the master as a fully pledged craftsman, he would receive the lineage of the master’s name which he would inscribe in bold letters above his new shop door and on his tools.

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