Former Senkyo Elementary School
Built in 1907, this former school building was constructed entirely out of timber from the Maniwa area, and highlights the skills of the traditional artisans in this area. Now recognized as a National Important Cultural Property, it stands as a symbol of Maniwa, the town of timber.
Auctions are held 3 times a month, drawing representatives from sawmills around the country. The timber of Maniwa has a reputation for its high quality, as the forests are carefully maintained and the trees develop few knots or wormholes.
World-renowned architect Kuma Kengo supervised the design of this pavilion. Constructed out of cross laminated timber (CLT), it was originally built for the Tokyo Olympics. It was then moved from Tokyo and reassembled in Maniwa, where it stands as a symbol of the city's continuing search for new ways to make use of its wood.