Q. What made you decide to work with Kirinaka Construction?
I was looking for a shrine carpenter to renovate the belfry, but my neighbor’s shrine carpenter was too old, so I was introduced to Mr. Kirinaka through an acquaintance. When I saw Mr. Kirinaka’s work, I felt that he was doing a careful job. I thought he would be the right person for the job, so I asked him to do it.
I went to see Mr. Kirinaka’s work, visited various belfry halls, and had a series of meetings with him before I made the request. We were told that we were the first to build a belfry hall.
Q. What did you find to be polite?
The fact that the client’s opinion is reflected in the work, and Mr. Kirinaka’s own way of thinking. When we worked together, I could tell that the work was well done.
As for our belfry hall, I didn’t have a lot of orders, but I was able to ask him what I should do. Mr. Kirinaka gave me some suggestions. I like simple things.
Q. So you had the client’s intentions plus Kirinaka-san’s suggestions?
Yes. He reflected my opinion about it.
Is there anything that attracted you to this way of thinking? He’s not much older than I am, but he has solid skills and a strong sense of wanting to protect the architecture of temples and shrines.
That’s why I felt that I could trust him. I see. So you want to protect the architecture of temples and shrines? I think that is a strong desire.
I think the image of temples and shrines is that they are wooden structures, and I want to preserve wooden structures for future generations. I want to preserve wooden structures for future generations, so that this bell tower will remain for my generation and the next generation.
Wood lasts longer than concrete. Wood has more warmth, doesn’t it? Yes, it does. The most important thing is the warmth of the wood, and as it ages, the color and the way it blends in is really beautiful.
So you were attracted to Kirinaka-san’s work and way of thinking in many ways?
Yes, I was. He is very meticulous even in the details.
What do you mean by details? A little moat, a little wood treatment, and so on. So you’re paying attention to places that are hard to see? It was the first time for me to see the construction of a belfry hall from the very beginning, and it’s not easy to see the work from the very beginning.
There are parts that are actually hidden, but even those parts are very careful. So you don’t cut corners just because you can’t see it? That’s right. When we built the belfry, our request was that it should last for 100 to 200 years. We asked for a simple belfry that would last for 200 years.
Do you think you will be able to achieve that?
Yes, I think so. I think it will be enough.
What do you feel is the merit of working carefully in such an invisible and hard-to-see place?
I think it’s the personality of the person.
The master builder himself is a warm-hearted person, and I think this is reflected in his work. I think that the more careful the work is, the longer it will last.
Rather than messy work, I would rather have careful work. That’s why I’m glad I asked for this service. I think we were able to achieve more than we imagined.
Q. What do you think of the reaction of the visitors and the parishioners when they see the actual belfry hall?
Everyone is very happy. A splendid belfry has been built. They said they were glad that it was built in our generation. I see.
It’s difficult to rebuild a new building in this day and age, but the parishioners worked very hard to make it happen, and I think that’s why they are so happy. I think that if we didn’t have it, people would ask us if we had a child with a height. The fact that I was able to be involved in the temple’s projects while I was still alive must be a source of pride for me. The fact that I was able to provide purified funds for it is probably a source of pride.
Although there were twists and turns.