This the picture of a Buddhist statue carved by Mr. Zhang Hangtian who told us his wish to be a Miyadaiku, a carpenter specializing in temple and shrine construction, in 2017 Japanese speech convention.
A letter from Mr. Zhang Hangtian
I have been studying carving of Buddhist statues since last April. At the beginning, I just wanted to touch Japanese traditional culture and chose this course. Soon after I started studying, I was fascinated with it. In last one year, I made eight sculptures such as a head of Buddha and Nyorai rituzou (Tathagata statue). In carving a three dimensional stature, it is very hard to correct a mistake. This is the big difference form painting which I have been learning since I was a child. Unless an auxiliary line which was erased by carving is rewritten, the body balance, curve line and thickness end us differently. So it is a time consuming work to repeat carving along an auxiliary line and write it again. As for a carving knife, I need to train hard, if not, it is not only difficult to carve, but also dangerous. But when I could overcome difficulties and became more skillful after repeated hard works, I was fully satisfied with the good works I could accomplish. I am very proud of myself to be a youngster who inherits traditional culture. I will continue my effort to study carving Buddhist statues. I also want to have chance to contact with people who have interest in traditional culture. Best regards!
Please click his picture, then you can watch Video clip of his speech in 2017Japanese speech convention.
Mr. Zhang is studying traditional architecture at Sado college of traditional culture, environment and welfare for three years from April, 2018.