David Atkinson: Preserving Craftsmanship for Posterity
The skills of Japan's craftsmen are indispensable in restoring and preserving Japan's traditional wooden architecture. At the end of 2020, these skills were listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. David Atkinson, a former financial analyst from the UK, is the CEO of a 300-year-old company that has led the restoration of World Heritage sites such as Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Through bold reforms, he's managed to attract more young people into the field and is now seeking ways to secure funding through tourism.
Atkinson's company led the restoration of the World Heritage, Nikko Toshogu, a major project that took 6 years to complete.
Atkison heads a group of 60 craftsmen. He implemented major reforms to bring in young people and ensure the handing down of skills and techniques.
Atkinson takes a hands-on approach throughout the restoration to ensure that everything is of the highest standard.