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The Great Repair of the Heisei Period

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 24 January 2019 in Documentary & Street.

Here is the main hall of Rinnoji Temple. It's the largest wooden building in eastern Japan. A large steel building has been erected around it and it has been completely disassembled for repair/restoration. As you will see, no nails were used in its construction. Rather, all the beams and posts are slotted and have pegs carved into them so that the whole thing is fitted together. Do you remember "Lincoln Logs" from your childhood? This is Lincoln Logs on steroids. ;-)

While I was living in Japan, I saw a new construction using the same techniques. Men with large wooden hammers were driving one slotted beam into the slots in the beams beneath.

A visit to Nikko, Japan

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The technique was used a lot in France and most of the cabinetmakers' furniture was thus pegged. It is solid and without nails or screws, the work of artists who unfortunately is practiced only rarely.
Thank you for your explanations that helps to understand this temple and its restoration.

24 Jan 2019 5:49am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

This is interesting ...

24 Jan 2019 5:57am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Well made indoor shot of an interesting sujet.

24 Jan 2019 6:20am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Une technique utilisée de plus en plus rarement de nos jours

24 Jan 2019 6:39am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What an experience this makes - thanks for the info !

24 Jan 2019 8:16am

omid from mashhad, Iran

A M A Z I N G !

24 Jan 2019 8:33am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

That's very impressed.
A good technique.
Thank you for the story you told.

24 Jan 2019 8:51am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

at the time of this construction there were no current technical means. This gives more importance to all old buildings.

24 Jan 2019 8:53am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

haaa oui j'ai vu l'autre jour à la télévision la technique des japonais pour ne pas mettre de clous ! belle prise!

24 Jan 2019 9:41am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

interesting to see

24 Jan 2019 10:05am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A big job going on Steve, but I guess it will be something to see when completed.

24 Jan 2019 10:07am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Incredible. Superb capture.

24 Jan 2019 11:20am

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

Very interesting!!

24 Jan 2019 12:11pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Really surprising...!

24 Jan 2019 12:54pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great background information to accompany this excellent photo!

24 Jan 2019 1:43pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

What a wonderful doc shot !

24 Jan 2019 2:17pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Thank you very much for all this information..Interesting work going on here ! Nice...very nice image !!!!

24 Jan 2019 3:03pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A very complex view

24 Jan 2019 3:06pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


24 Jan 2019 3:34pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting image and info. I like the comparison to Lincoln Logs.

24 Jan 2019 4:49pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Attrayante composition.

24 Jan 2019 5:30pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing details of this great ancient wooden temple structure. And thank you for the wonderful background information. :)

24 Jan 2019 6:20pm

Adela Fonts from Bar Grcelona, Spain

Your words are very interesting and your image helps understanding the subject.

24 Jan 2019 10:09pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

very interesting informations to the construction of the temple, great shot

25 Jan 2019 1:10am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

WOW...What a fantastic story...I am hooked!!! Will love to see this as time goes on through the reconstruction....Beautiful, Steve ;-)

25 Jan 2019 2:22am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

That is amazing! They have gone to great lengths to restore this beautiful building which I think is wonderful. A great view.

25 Jan 2019 2:26am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Interesting detail and information about the original construction of the temple.

25 Jan 2019 2:39am

Sudipto from Hyderabad, India

Interesting summary of the image, Steve... I learned a thing or two about beams here. :)

25 Jan 2019 5:52am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle armature métallique et vue quelle construction sueprbe
belle journée

26 Jan 2019 2:18am

Diana from Olympia, United States


27 Jan 2019 5:34pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

So amazing that, as you say, the building can be 'disassembled'... I'd be terrified to take apart a set of drawers from Ikea...

29 Jan 2019 9:28pm