For many westerners, you’re considered an expert in your craft after 10,000 hours of study. In Japan, you’re not considered a master until you’ve spent 60,000 hours learning your subject — the equivalent of almost 30 years of practice.
This is the subject of a recent documentary created for Lexus by Clay Jeter, the director of Chef’s Table on Netflix. Through this documentary, which is currently available on Amazon Prime Video, we get to look into the world of the Takumi, which is the highest level of artisan in Japan.
Lexus has helped create this Takumi craftsmanship documentary to highlight the dedication that goes into becoming a master, and to ask an important question — will the Takumi way survive in a world increasingly powered by artificial intelligence?
The visually stunning 54-minute film follows four Japanese artisans who have dedicated their lives to their craft, including a traditional paper-cutting artist, an automotive master craftsman, a chef who has received two Michelin stars, and a carpenter for one of the oldest construction companies in the world.
Over the past 30 years, since Lexus’s conception, the Japanese brand has worked to ensure the concept of Takumi is incorporated into its work. That is why its vehicles have an intense attention to detail that other luxury brands don’t have.
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