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    Japanese Hand Planes

    The Takenaka Corporation owns and operates a Carpentry Tools Museum.
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    For a neighborhood festival in the area of Kobe that I live in, some of the master carpenters held demonstrations and gave lessons in how to use Kanna (Japanese planes). The plane being used is a Japanese plane, the plane with the two handles sitting on the bench is a traditional Chinese plane.

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    The Carpenters wife would make these incredibly delicate flowers out of the wood ribbons (the shavings are thinner than tissue paper, supposedly the real master can achieve 8 micron thinness, the width of a red blood cell.)

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    not sure what this tool is called, but it would make long curly-cue strands of wood that could be used with the flowers to make a bouquet arrangement. (see pics above)

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    Gaijin style (probably messing it up)
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    This little guy stole my head towel (a must have with the Kansai humidity) but then said we would be friends forever, so all was forgiven.

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The Takenaka Internship is granted yearly to one student each from the architecture schools of Yale, M.I.T. and the University of Pennsylvania. The Takenaka Corporation traces its history back more than four hundred years and this internship provides American students of architecture with a summer of valuable training at Japan's oldest architecture, engineering and construction firm. Based out of the Osaka design office, interns participate in various aspects of design and also accompany archite

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