It only took 20 years to make the pyramid of King Khufu by using many slaves. Is there anyone who still believes all this? Some decades ago, the Japanese biggest construction company (Obayashi Corporation) seriously calculated and estimated it would take 5 years even if they tried with all their resources without limitation. I always thought the above legend of the pyramid construction would be too short time for people from about 4500 years ago without heavy machines and too high-quality for low-morale workforces like slaves. In my opinion, the construction of the pyramids would be a super-long-term public project to create employment and to enhance the national prestige, though it’s not my own unique view but becomes one of the common theories these days.
Have you ever watched the movie “The Revelation of the Pyramids?” Actually, it’s not a movie about pyramids but about environmental issues. In the structure of the pyramids, can be seen many signs suggesting advanced geometry, astronomy, etc. Many people (even researchers) couldn’t believe such advanced knowledge and skills existed 4500 years ago, and had been only saying “That’s a coincidence.” On the other hand, the movie logically proclaims the pyramids are evidence proving that there was a super-advanced civilization, and that catastrophes (natural disasters) completely destroyed it. I realized again how difficult it is to hand over tradition.
The most popular shrine in Japan is said to be built about 2000 years ago, and is completely torn down and re-built every 20 years, even now. As evident from the fact that Horyu-ji temple, the world’s oldest existing wooden building, was built about 1500 years ago, it’s not because of a structural problem but to preserve traditional building skills. Ancient wisdom knows it’s very costly to take back what we’ve lost, as shown in our much ado about the pyramids. Fortunately, the Japanese traditional woodworking skills are still inherited in the series of shrine rebuilding, and I believe you can see some of them in our products.
He is travelling around the world. His passion is to explain Japan to the world, from the unique viewpoint accumulated through his career: overseas posting, MBA holder, former official of the Ministry of Finance.