Dry Stone dreams

UK-Japan News February 2021

Teruki Kamiya, founder of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Japan, dreams of returning to England and Wales to maintain their drystone walls. Just 13% of the 193,000km of such walls in the UK are reported to be in good condition. 

In a 28 November story in The Japan Times, it was shared that the Aichi-based artisan learned under masters in the UK more than 10 years ago, making him the first person to travel from Asia specifically to learn this skill. Kamiya is dedicated to teaching what he learned from the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain to Japanese people—in Japanese—to ensure there is no language barrier when it comes to learning.