Rebuilding an Old Japanese House

1981 with Richard Leacock. 16mm film.

Five Japanese craftsmen came to reassemble a Kyoto silkweaver’s 150 year old townhouse that had been packed in crates and shipped to Boston. A first-hand observation of traditional tools and construction techniques, including three Shinto housebuilding ceremonies, this documentary won Gold Prize in UniJapan Association’s International Competition for Films on Japan.