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  Earthen walls, kawara tiles, thatched roofs, wood... At one time in the towns and villages of Japan there was a wonderful culture of craft techniques using feng shui and the craftsman who made use of them.
Now that nostalgic scenery is vanishing bit by bit. Let's do what we can before that flame goes out. Thinking of this, I founded the Shukei Jigyo (Townscape Beautification Project) and Bunkajigyobu (Cultural Projects) corporations in 2004.
Bunkajigyobu is a company where people use their minds and bodies thinking of lifestyles and culture. Shukei Jigyo works on carrying on craftsmen's techniques centered around restoring the townscape and traditional Japanese houses.
The "soft" (cultural events and activities) moves quickly and the "hard" (buildings, gardens, townscapes) slow. We move forward keeping both the short and long term in mind and practice.
Sarah Marie Cummings
  "Soft" is Sokusei (intensive short-term training). "Hard" is Jukusei (matured and fermented). Bunkajigyobu and Shukei Jigyo.

One day while looking at a map of Japan I realized that the symbol for schools was a circle with the character "bun," or "bun-ji" inside it. I felt aware that the Japanese of long ago had chosen that character, the first character in the word "bunka" (culture) rather than simply the character for "school."
In the Edo Period, Nagano Prefecture set the standard for the nation with the highest number of temple schools.
Masuichi-Ichimura Sake Brewery and Obusedo’s roots, its 12th generation head Takai Kohzan, headed the local Takai Gijuku Temple School and brought up many cultured contemporaries of Katsushika Hokusai. He was an educator of youth as well as a patron of culture. Sake brewers of that time also took on the roles of leaders in strengthening culture and education. These genes are in the land of Obuse.
In 1984 Obusedo formed the Bunkajigyobu within the company. Starting with a salon concert, they also held the “Obuse-kei” art event and a sculpture exhibition in 1987. The event which made use of the earthen storehouses and the chestnut lane left on the company grounds caused somewhat of a sensation from this small country town.
Afterwards they began planning international events with the 3rd International Hokusai Conference held around the 1998 Nagano Olympics. After welcoming the 21st century, they used their minds and bodies to create the place for intellectual exchange known as “Obusession,” the Society for the Preservation of Wooden Barrel Brewing and Fermentation, the Kawaranakucha (tile-making) Project, the Obuse mini Marathon, the 1530 Project, and so on, and continue their efforts to this day. Also they work on educating the next generation with the Bunkajigyobu internships focusing on college students and working adults.
Living in Obuse I feel that Japan truly does have wonderful culture and traditions. But right now if we look away or rest of hands for even a little bit, those traditions will vanish.
In 2005, in order to preserve and carry on Japanese culture as well as add modern originality, Bunkajigyobu was formed.
Speed is important for the ideas and inspirations connected to culture. We aim to think fast and act fast.
It's the philosophy of striking while the iron’s hot.

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