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Now, as a professional member of the DSWA holding all but the highest qualification in dry stone walling, Kamiya has permission to provide the lessons he took in the U.K. to those in Japan preparing for the examinations. To date, he has supported 50 craftsmen to achieve qualifications of various levels.
Kamiya teaches all the required knowledge and skills in Japanese, which enables Japanese craftsmen to bypass learning in the U.K. before the examination. His efforts allow even those with limited English language skills, time or financial means to enter the industry.
Many craftsmen who have achieved a DSWA qualification have gone on to work at Kamiya’s Aichi-based company, Kamiya Landscaping, which offers garden planning and design, dry stone structures and maintenance nationwide.
Kamiya visits the U.K. annually to continue upskilling.
“One thing I really look forward to on my trips is talking in English with my masonry masters and friends.”
Being able to communicate in English has allowed him to expand his professional and social network as well as to encounter new things. Making his first trip to the U.K. to study at the DSWA, he says, “was the start of a new life” for him.
“I’ve learned that if you can forget fear and take a step forward, you can change your life.” (Kathryn Wortley)
This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.