World focus: Keeping Japan's old crafts alive

Artisans worry youth may lack patience to spend years learning ancient techniques

In his 50 years of experience as a metalsmith, Mr Masashi Goto counts the restoration of the 400-year-old Hommaru Palace at Nagoya Castle as his hardest assignment yet.

The lavish palace, which was built in 1615 and served as the home of the shogun, was razed during air raids in World War II. The city of Nagoya decided to give the palace a new lease of life in honour of its rich heritage, and the reconstruction, which started in 2009, ended last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2019, with the headline 'Keeping Japan's old crafts alive'. Print Edition | Subscribe