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People have long created private spaces by setting up folding screens. This designer capitalized on the age-old custom by applying skillfully adapted techniques of traditional carpentry (used to create box-like structures in Japanese furniture and Buddhist altars by enclosing the ceiling and floor between special beams) to develop a build-it-yourself Japanese-style room called Hako-Ie, or "box house." It is taken for granted in our current golden age of prefab construction that one needs power tools to assemble a house, but this "box house" combines the techniques of expert carpenters through history who specialized in temples and shrines (as found in the castle-town of Aizu, where the manufacturer is located) to defy this preconception in a small yet authentic Japanese-style room that can be assembled without power tools. Crafted of fine materials and requiring not a single nail or screw, it is sturdy enough to be assembled and disassembled repeatedly.
ASAO SAKAMOTO President SAKAMOTO URUSHIMANYUFACTURING CO., LTD
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