Makoto Fukada is founder and Master Carpenter at Seyseysha, a design and build firm based in Tokyo specialising in traditional Japanese wooden architecture.
Makoto and his apprentice, Lin, make up the small team that is Seyseysha and do everything in-house, from concept to construction. Using traditional Japanese methods and natural materials they design, build and transform Japanese-style houses with joined wooden frames and mud tsuchikabe walls (wattle and daub walls made of mud plaster mixed with straw).
From building and renovating all types of wooden buildings to relocating and restoring traditional Japanese homes and classical machiya (wooden townhouses), Seyseysha’s remit is wide but with a singular vision – every project is treated as a work of art.
When natural materials and painstaking artistry come together, the results are amazing: warm, restful homes and architecture that gets better with age.Makoto Fukada | Master Carpenter | Seyseysha
Biography – Makoto Fukada
1959: Born in Suginami-ku, Tokyo
1988: Apprentices with master joiner Kahei Yamada (proprietor of Sensho, a tea-ceremony joinery studio)
1997: Launches the Fukada Makoto Studio
2003: Opens a workshop and lumber stockyard in Miyagi Prefecture
2016: Changes the name of the studio from Fukada Makoto Studio to “Seyseysha”