Nikko Japan, Best woodwork I Have Ever Seen!

  • Published on Oct 22, 2017
  • The things I have seen in Japan will stay with me forever. I have never felt like such a terrible woodworker and yet so inspired to press on and see what I can do.
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  • carl krebs
    carl krebs 4 days ago

    Nothing like the ASIA , the PHILIPPINES , as well INDONESIA and SUMATRA to show you a whole new world

  • preben hansen
    preben hansen 2 months ago

    Take to Bali carpenter

  • Para Scale Modeling
    Para Scale Modeling 4 months ago

    imagine that!! Not a single power tool used! breathtaking. Thanks for sharing this awesome trip.

  • happy joe
    happy joe 5 months ago

    If you want to know more the Shrine is called
    Nikkō Tōshō-gū

  • Michael Lau
    Michael Lau 9 months ago

    There’s no rubbish on the streets, even on rainy days.

  • TheMightyFozz
    TheMightyFozz 10 months ago

    I think you should build a garden shed or kids play area in your garden using that style. :)

    • TheMightyFozz
      TheMightyFozz 10 months ago

      oh if you do make a kids play area. look into UK Victorian helter-skelter's. it's like a round slide with rails that go the full direction of the slide and kids (and tall old wannabe kids) slide down on hesian mats. :)

  • DnA
    DnA 10 months ago

    Loved the woodworking skill. Loved the video. Ditch the music. Not needed.

  • Veroniciany Veronica
    Veroniciany Veronica 11 months ago

    You are so good man!

  • Olivier Groovy
    Olivier Groovy Year ago

    let's clean the 1080p 60hz screen of my damn almost 10 year old Dell Precision M4400 laptop before watching that!

  • Cravens Boughner
    Cravens Boughner Year ago

    I made it with woodprix handbooks !

  • Scott Johnson
    Scott Johnson Year ago

    Outstanding video! Simply amazing. Thank you for sharing with us your experience! :-)

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  • Congrue Woodworks

    Thats some great camera work, what kind of camera and gimbal do you use?

  • Ray Smith
    Ray Smith Year ago

    Thanks great video -also been to Niko Shrine so impressive - everything in Japan is impressive especially for woodies - go to small towns and see crafts developed 100's of years ago

  • bitfreakazoid
    bitfreakazoid Year ago

    You need to go to a Danjiri festival and look at the woodwork on the carts. It's pretty awesome. I will definitely have to go to that shrine soon!
    Oh yeah, they like to dress up in traditional clothes like that; especially when going to shrines and temples.
    Should of gone into that Don Quijote, they are pretty awesome, and I think that one is supposed to be pretty big.

  • chris yarber
    chris yarber Year ago

    Awesome video.

  • Christopher Bernier

    this video brought tears to my eyes, such a beautful experience that i hope to have someday. keep up the incredible work my friend, and good luck with the upcoming folding knife project!

  • Jamey Geimer
    Jamey Geimer Year ago

    I spent 4 years of my childhood living in Japan as a kid, my dad was military. We went sight seeing it seems like every weekend. There are endless tourist attractions on that island. The temples are pure works of art! All hand crafted and hand carved. Absolutely beautiful! I will return one day, as an adult, to really appreciate what you are seeing in this video.

  • simon stucki
    simon stucki Year ago

    I know bacon is tasty but unfortunately it is also involves torturing and killing an sentient being, justified only because it belongs to a different species. maybe you should look a bit more into the philosophy behind those temples instead in addition to the craftsmanship.

  • Zane H
    Zane H Year ago

    Great video, Makes me want to go back to Nikko it hasn't changed since I was there many years ago, Beautiful

  • Steve Mclean
    Steve Mclean Year ago

    Notice there are no fat people! Must be the noodles, noodles are good ... but I tend to ruin the health benefits by adding hot dogs.

  • Felisindo Rodríguez

    This is marvellous, I almost cried looking at these shapes, details, sculptures, amazing! Thank you very much! Cheers from Spain!

  • Rv4 Guy
    Rv4 Guy Year ago

    What was the purpose of that awesome temple? Who built it? How do they maintain it? Do they have people who can work at that level? Who created the universe and how to they get the caramel into the caramilk????? That's all I have for now.

  • Stefan Richardt
    Stefan Richardt Year ago +1

    for your next trip to japan you should go to Kyoto and Nara. There are absolute amazing tempel, too.

  • Thomas Staiano
    Thomas Staiano Year ago

    If you're ever in the States, be sure to stop by the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. Not Japan, but beautiful nonetheless.

  • Wes Hunter
    Wes Hunter Year ago

    Great Video , thanks Samurai, it was cool seeing the walk arounds too, very smoooooth!

  • Bert Battersby
    Bert Battersby Year ago

    I would like to know how your wife liked and enjoyed the kitchen knife you brought back from Japan? But I would like to hear her tell US please?

  • ultimaxima
    ultimaxima Year ago

    true arts is japanese arts. it's pure.

  • fritzonvespa
    fritzonvespa Year ago +1

    If you get back to Japan in the future, do yourself a favour and check Todaiji in Nara....also awesome enginering used in the energy absorbing central pillar suspended inside the 5 storey Fujiwara pagoda......( also Kyoto and Takayama !!) :-)

  • chilleffect
    chilleffect Year ago

    How was the weather? The last time I went in October is was humid and muggy.

  • Dennis T.S.
    Dennis T.S. Year ago

    beautiful gift you have there sir, must be for a really important person in your life. :)

  • Xandrosi
    Xandrosi Year ago

    Congrats on 500K subscribers!

  • Mona Bale
    Mona Bale Year ago

    those shrines can hold up against earthquakes; BIG ones. and they just sit on the surface. amazing...

  • Texas Marine Of Humble

    Not only do they drive on the wrong side of the road, they are short people...

  • s Buzz
    s Buzz Year ago

    youre right some structures were too ornate for my taste!
    loses some of its grander to the eye.
    no wonder why we used incendiary bombs in ww 2 good thing some are still standing:
    my dad was stationed in beautiful Sasebo right after the surrender.

  • Amanda Anderson
    Amanda Anderson Year ago

    Just insane dedication to the craft. Its so damn beautiful it made me cry. If I were there in person I'd be a blubbering puddle.

  • UncleManuel
    UncleManuel Year ago

    Wow, these temples are off the charts! Oo
    Btw: how did it feel to walk as a giant among people? ^_^

  • wolffrai
    wolffrai Year ago

    When I'm done with my wooden frame house, I'm going to visit Japan.
    You give me the inspiration.
    Thank you.

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  • Michelle Hawkey
    Michelle Hawkey Year ago

    All I really want to know Jess, is if you got to have deep fried mochi at Senso-ji???? I was told there were only a couple places in Japan who made it, and there was a little kiosk at Senso-ji that is one of them.
    I would give up bacon for deep fried mochi.... Yup....I said it....

  • Kingdom of God is Here

    What is the name of the background music song?

  • Robert Edmondson
    Robert Edmondson Year ago

    Thankyou Samurai! What an experience for you! Traditional Japanese woodworking keeps us humble.

  • A Ex-Blacksmith UK

    Breath taking craftsmanship , as so much that Japanese do, they take a job/craft and turn it into a art form. Thank you for the video it was as normal with your videos very enjoyable and informative. Cheers! :)

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  • Bill Jutz
    Bill Jutz Year ago

    Too cool that you published this. We just got back from a 16 day trip to Japan. Typhoon Lan chased us out of Tokyo a day early.

  • Hank Cohen
    Hank Cohen Year ago +1

    When Louis IVX was building Versailles Nikko To sho gu was just being finished. Both as baroque as possible. Must have been an International thing back then.
    Very impressed that you found Kappabashi but then you said the tour was organized by Hida Tools so that makes sense. Lots more to see in Japan. Next time be sure to visit Kyoto.

  • HarryHaller
    HarryHaller Year ago

    The people in Kimono's are most likely Chinese (or other Asian) tourists. Kimono rental is a big business in touristy towns. People rent them for the day and get the "genuine Japanese experience" :). Most Japanese would wear them only on formal occasions.

  • ndrmyr
    ndrmyr Year ago

    I was stationed south of Hiroshima in '75-'76 while in the USMC. I enjoyed my time there immensely and saw many things. But, I didn't dip my toe into the woodworking pond which I really wish I had, since today I would dive in without hesitation. The exchange rate was favorable and when I think of the tools I could have acquired.....sob. The chisels, OMG, the chisels!

  • Jose Ave
    Jose Ave Year ago

    Thank you for sharing your video Samurai. keep up the good work.

  • Lou L
    Lou L Year ago

    I hope to see you challenging yourself to push your woodworking even further now that you have visited the masters. I look forward to seeing your learning process.

  • Tony Bowers
    Tony Bowers Year ago

    thanks for sharing!

  • Basically Berry
    Basically Berry Year ago

    Samurai, we need to see some more of that big joinery!!

  • Jb B
    Jb B Year ago

    Great video and really appreciate you taking us along on your trip! Fantastic!!

  • Chris Johnson
    Chris Johnson Year ago

    Love it!

  • barbara kvistad
    barbara kvistad Year ago

    I’m so happy for you that you got to go to Japan to see and participate in the many things you did. Thanks for bringing us along.

  • ahti29
    ahti29 Year ago

    at least push the scrapbin out of th frame,man! ;)

  • scoobtoober29
    scoobtoober29 Year ago

    I've finally have some decent speakers and amp at my office and wow your audio is fantastic. Especially when B-Roll music is playing.

  • MukyMik
    MukyMik Year ago

    Outstanding, the woodworking is out of this world, glad you enjoyed it.

  • Jason Lemann
    Jason Lemann Year ago

    About your comment on the ladies in Kimonos; they were probably not paid to wear them, but given the location might have been tourists from other Asian countries. But Tokyo women do wear kimono see them on the subway from time to time, and for special occasions. They are a total pain to put on...usually takes my wife about an hour to put hers on.

  • 추장TV
    추장TV Year ago

    Thanks for not slapping some typical slow ass, ancient oriental instrumental music in the background.

  • Lin B
    Lin B Year ago

    Not much has changed in Tokyo since I was there in 1972. Would go again.

  • Ollie W
    Ollie W Year ago +1

    I just wrote a 80s' style movie, in my head..... white guy goes to Japan to learn the ways of the Old Samurai Carpenter, he manages to complete 20yrs of apprenticeship in a brief montage set to catchy music while falling in love with the girl that has to leave her home and family to save the village... In the end the guy wins the thin shaving contest, the girl's heart, and the money to save the village. The scene where she teaches you, I mean the guy, to sharpen his tool is tastefully filmed to maintain the PG rating. It will be a summer blockbuster.

    • Ollie W
      Ollie W Year ago

      Funny thing is, I was in my shop watching your video. And yes I have way to much time on my hands and crazy thoughts in the head. I blame all the acid consumption of my youth.

    • The Samurai Carpenter
      The Samurai Carpenter  Year ago

      You got too much time on your hands bro. Time to get back in the shop. LOL!

  • Marten Davies
    Marten Davies Year ago

    wood porn!!

  • pjdambra
    pjdambra Year ago

    Thanks for the tour Samurai.. I really enjoyed it.

  • Zap Wood
    Zap Wood Year ago

    Great videos from Japan, now I wanna go myself even more! Looking forward to you setting up dat kanna!
    A request I'd have from you is some tutorial on how to saw properly with a ryoba. I'm having trouble cutting straight with it, it goes in a smooth curve one way, and when I use the other side it goes the other way. It's a Gyokucho and I had the exact same problem with my earlier and cheaper saw (Agusta Ryoba). I really hope it'd just my technique and not the saws...
    Thank you so much! Stay awesome =)

  • Chris Cunicelli
    Chris Cunicelli Year ago +1

    Bacon, now that's a country

  • Riaan Oliver
    Riaan Oliver Year ago

    Good to see you relaxed, glad you had a good time.

  • Cliff Carlo
    Cliff Carlo Year ago

    For ages I thought you were saying "Sammy Ray out". Must get better speakers for this puter lol

  • Ja Nnes
    Ja Nnes Year ago

    Awesome Shots!

  • Bart Toye
    Bart Toye Year ago +1

    Thanks Jesse! I loved your videos on the Japan trip. Maybe, you can do another series in a couple of years. That would be cool! Last year, I watched some Japanese Carpenters live at work in the botanical park in Kyoto. That was very interesting to watch. Maybe you could get involved with a traditional carpenter project in Japan one day and report on that. That would be really awesome. Greetings from a Belgian, living in Germany to a Samurai carpenter in Canada :-)

  • Michael Meacham
    Michael Meacham Year ago

    Did you get any videos of Japanese masters working wood?

  • Julian Anthony Avalos

    The Japanese are insane (in a good way). The detail, style, and quality is off the charts. Thanks for sharing.

  • xander witt
    xander witt Year ago

    To many i keep saying bad words, but its like Chinese wood art...😏👍🏻

  • Ryo
    Ryo Year ago +1

    Those are mostly tourists from Asia that are wearing kimonos in touristy areas.

  • Hiro Protagonist
    Hiro Protagonist Year ago

    Japan is an amazing place. I wished I would have been more interested in the temples and woodworking than I was in the ladies, food and drink.

  • SouthSideRocka
    SouthSideRocka Year ago

    Craziest part of Nikko is there is a spot under where the dragon lies where there is a echo, but only when you stand in that spot and make the noise. They built the room with that in mind.

    JULIE Year ago

    That clock looked out of place in that temple.

  • Joseph Kerley
    Joseph Kerley Year ago +1

    Welcome back. Glad you enjoyed the trip. I’ve been there a number of times. I hope you get a chance to go back someday for a slower trip to visit with some Japanese Master Craftsmen.

  • YasumotoUS
    YasumotoUS Year ago

    Like button smashed and yes, please for the smoothing plain set up!

  • Poncho likes bacon
    Poncho likes bacon Year ago +4

    No one can touch the Japanese when it comes to cutlery. Their implements are beautiful, usable and, most of all, easy to keep razor sharp.

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  • Peter Barta
    Peter Barta Year ago

    Awesome video. I'm really happy for you that you had this opportunity, and thanks so much for showing us so much of the amazing things you saw!

  • KJ Denesha
    KJ Denesha Year ago

    Well done. You should have spent more than a few days there.

  • Robert Orr
    Robert Orr Year ago +1

    So glad to see you made it to Nikko. It is truly breathtaking.

  • Luke Single
    Luke Single Year ago

    cant wait for the deck reno and other wood working stuff awesome channel

  • vince gee
    vince gee Year ago

    nihon wa ichiban desu ;)

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  • Terry Dyck
    Terry Dyck Year ago

    Loved that video. Heading to Kyoto next year for a conference so this was a great teaser. Keep up the great work?

  • JMP247365
    JMP247365 Year ago

    Not sure if you actually mentioned that these buildings are 100% wood except for roof tiles. Even the painted or gold leaf parts. No nails. I grew up there but many viewers might not realize... could you talk a bit more about the elaborate joinery, age/history etc

  • Tomy Hovington
    Tomy Hovington Year ago

    Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us! Japan is definitely on my bucket list.. seems like you had a nice trip!

  • Calzy
    Calzy Year ago

    Holy Schmoley

  • frederick keppers

    Absolutely breathtaking. My lifes goal was to get to Tokyo before I die. I'm 65 now and made as far as LasVegas from Ohio... Oh welllllll Is the exchange rate on money good ?? Is it worth ordering tools from Japan or should I find distributors here in america ??

  • Babar Ion
    Babar Ion Year ago

    Your right , it's not that big of a deal to sub, so here's a sub

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  • Carbonite Gamorrean

    I liked the gurls dressed up

  • Juan Hernandez
    Juan Hernandez Year ago

    Wuaooo samurai carpenter, you had a good life in Japan, excellent, I'm going to work alone and on weekends, I can enjoy my culture, its landscapes and its people, very special people.

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    Spotlessly clean streets

  • John Brock
    John Brock Year ago

    Bacon 🥓 amen

  • bruno parra domingues

    Nice video, wonderful place.
    Thank you for sharing this!
    How much paid for that plane?