In the western tradition, we tend to build structures we want to see last a long time. Imposing stone castles from the Dark Ages and stone Roman Aqueducts still stand, hundreds or even thousands of years after they were built.
The Japanese philosophy, however, is quite different. This article – with some amazing pictures of master woodwork projects – gives an interpretation of the Japanese mindset when it comes to building structures and furniture.
Besides the fact that the Shinto culture reveres trees as having a spiritual identity, the choice of timber and joint selection also allows the structures to flex and move in the event of an earthquake – a common occurrence in this seismically active island archipelago.
Even if you just visit to view the incredible architectural photos, the site is worth the trip.