One of the advantages of using reeds for roofing
is that their glossy and slightly oily surface repels rain,
which runs down along the reeds.
As a result of their tubular structure,
reeds also function as insulation
because of the air trapped inside; thus adding
another role in their use for shelters.
When their role is finally complete,
they return to the earth as fertilizer.
That process has been continuously
repeated throughout history.
Thatching is an endangered tradition,
yet in shrines, temples,
and cultural properties it is still
preserved as a living form
enriching our lives in this ever-changing world.
Higo-kaya Thatched Roof Construction Company
Brief Biography of Tsuyoshi Ogawa
Born in Kyoto
Engaged in thatching work with Tsurugaoka Construction in Miyama
Moved to Kumamoto
Founded Higo-kaya Thatched Roof Construction Company