Statue of Fujiwara Muneyasu
Progenitor of Hidanotakumi carpenters who won the reverence of the people
Fujiwara Muneyasu was a legendary carpenter who is said to have played an active role from the end of the Kamakura Period to the Muromachi Period. He was the first carpenter in Hida to be granted a juryomei (honorary title), and Hida Gon no Kami (Deputy Governor of Hida Province), the highest rank as a craftsman.
In July 1311, he established the dai-kodo (great lecture hall) of Choryu-ji Temple in Mino Province together with the Hizen Gon no Kami (Deputy Governor of Hizen Province). He is also known for his achievement of constructing Hakusan Shrine, a national important cultural property in Yamagata City in Gifu.
From the reverence of Fujiwara Muneyasu, carpenters in Hida Province in modern times have offered shinshu (sake offered to gods) to his portraits on New Year’s Day.
The statue of Fujiwara Muneyasu is located in the precincts of Hida Kokubun-ji Temple, and even now is revered as the progenitor of Hidanotakumi carpenters.