Daisugi

 


I feel like if we tried to do this in America, people would go crazy:

Literally translating to platform cedar, daisugi is a 14th- or 15th-century technique that offers an efficient, sustainable, and visually stunning approach to forestry. The method originated in Kyoto and involves pruning the branches of Kitayama cedar so that the remaining shoots grow straight upward from a platform. Rather than harvesting the entire tree for lumber, loggers can fell just the upper portions, leaving the base and root structure intact.

Although daisugi mostly is used in gardens or bonsai today, it originally was developed to combat a seedling shortage when the demand for taruki, a type of impeccably straight and knot-free lumber, was high. Because the upper shoots of Kitayama cedar can be felled every 20 years, which is far sooner than with other methods, the technique grew in popularity.

This has all the trappings of something that would cause people to lose their mud. It requires patience and careful cultivation. It requires the use of precise methods for rendering our natural environment into a sustainable, useful thing that doesn't look like anything we have ever seen before. It comes from a different culture and therefore must be SMASHED because we don't want to take the time to understand it. And it is successful and we can't have nice things.

I'm probably being over-dramatic, but something like this would probably end up before our newly ridiculous Supreme Court and go down in flames.

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