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Shrine carpenter, Sukiya carpenter, Masayoshi Sagara

Masayoshi Sagara

Shrine carpenter, Sukiya carpenter

After graduating from high school in his hometown of Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture, he began helping his father, a carpenter. Although he had mastered the basics of carpentry, he wanted to master it even more, so he unexpectedly moved to Kyoto at the age of 20. He becomes an apprentice to a temple carpenter at Hosomi Construction, a company that builds shrines and temples, which he first found on Town Page. Participated in the restoration of Kuki House in Sanda City (Important Cultural Property), Seichoji Temple in Takarazuka City, and Daienji Temple in Hyogo Prefecture. At the age of 25, he joined Nakamura Sotoji Construction, a prestigious Sukiya architecture company, as a craftsman, and worked on repairs such as the Tawaraya Inn, Wakuden Restaurant, and Kikunoi Restaurant, as well as the new construction of the Kyoto State Guest House. At the age of 30, he started his own second-class architect office and became independent.

​Care of hand tools learned during training in Kyoto

​ Planing at a factory in Paris, France

At the age of 18, after graduating from Ichikawa Nishi High School, he began helping his father, a carpenter.

20 years old: Apprenticed at Hosomi Construction Company

       Restoration of the Kuki House, an important cultural property, Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture

        New construction of Kiyokojin Seichoji Temple, Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture

Daienji roof repair in Hyogo prefecture


Age 25: Joined Nakamura Sotoji Komuten as a craftsman.


       Nara Prefecture Moritei new construction work

Gifu Ceramic Park Tea Room

    Yanai Residence Tea Room

        Kyoto State Guest House new construction work

Tawaraya Inn Repair

Wakuden repair

Kikunoi Repair


30 years old: Obtained second-class architect qualification. Independent in Kyoto

    Osaka Hozenji Yokocho restaurant new construction work (prime contractor: Sankakuya)

Aichi Expo Nagakute venue

TV program before and after New Year's special Machiya renovation work

 (Design: Jeffrey Moussas)

    Mt. Hiei Enryakuji temple shukubo roof five-layer construction

   Tojoko Land Muryojuji Temple new construction work


Kamakura Jumonjitei (Primary contractor: Sankakuya)

      Renovation work of Jigenji ossuary, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai Kaiminegyo

    Shionuma Oacharashi (Primary contractor: Sankakuya)

    45rpm (Primary contractor: Sankakuya)


35 years old, moved office to Chiba

Kagurazaka Akagi Shrine (Supervision: Kengo Kuma)

Kameido Tokakuji Temple interior construction set


37 years old, Pavilion MIWA interior construction, Paris, France

  (Design: Fumihiko Sano)

​    Published in Gyotoku Shimbun


39 years old, Ojoin Sanmon gate construction, Takao, Kyoto


40 years old, Kyoto Senbonkitaoji Shogakuji Temple Sukiya construction


41 years old, Shiga Prefecture, 32nd temple in Saigoku, Kannonshoji Temple Sumidan

  (Client: Ginza famous sushi restaurant K owner I, Buddhist sculptor: Tomita Crafts)


42 years old, Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture, Katsushika Hachimangu Kyudo Hall new construction work (prime contractor: Toda Construction)

Ikebukuro Hikawa Shrine interior construction


43 years old, Kokyoji Temple construction work, Toride City, Ibaraki Prefecture

    Kyoto Omori The Lodge MIWA old house renovation

       Asakusabashi, Tokyo Japanese dance rehearsal hall restoration work

 (Client: Ranko Fujima Design: Fumihiko Sano)

​ 48 years old, established traditional craftsman school

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